Perch

Northgate Seattle 2006

Perch is a site specific installation for the Northgate Community Center located between the Northgate Mall and Thornton Creek. The creek winds through the neighborhood and is a reminder that the area was once wetlands and bogs.

Perch aims to celebrate both the vital energy of the city and a connection to nature. It addresses the tightly intertwined relationship between human patterns and the contours of the natural environment by focusing on the blackcapped chickadee. This lively little bird is not a rare or endangered species. It is a hardy urban resident who is a symbol of mutual adaptation.

On busy 5th Avenue NE, sparkling glass bricks with the image of the blackcapped chickadee lead to the newly reclaimed green space. Along the path that connects to the residential neighborhood and Thornton Creek, one finds bright and colorful birdhouses for the friendly urban acrobats and people places made of hammered copper and granite.