The four steel sculptures created by artist Susan Zoccola were installed at the SE 62nd Street extension in Issaquah at the end of March. Courtesy Photo

The four steel sculptures created by artist Susan Zoccola were installed at the SE 62nd Street extension in Issaquah at the end of March. Courtesy Photo

Issaquah installs public art sculptures at SE 62nd Street extension

The city of Issaquah partnered artist Susan Zoccola to create four sculptures for SE 62nd Street.

With the recent completion of the all new Southeast 62nd Street extension project, the largest capital project in the history of Issaquah, traffic can now flow freely between Eastlake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Drive. However, there was still room for a human touch.

The city of Issaquah partnered with Seattle-based artist Susan Zoccola to create public art, and for the past two years worked with her to design and manufacture the pieces. In March, her four, 20-foot tall sculptures were installed at the extension’s roundabout.

Art coordinator for the city of Issaquah Amy Dukes said the sculptures were designed specifically for the site. Zoccola visited the area before construction began to examine the natural environment and use that for inspiration.

Zoccola said all of the public art projects she has done have been specifically designed for each location, including the work for Issaquah. She took part in the early steps of the process, to understand not just the new city project but the land where the the art will be. Much of her inspiration was inspired by the efforts to preserve the environment, stream restoration and wetland preservation.

The sculptures themselves are meant to evoke the spinning of wheels in terms movement through the area by car, bike or pedestrians, as well as the flow of wind and water. The art also includes lights which will activate at night.

Dukes said the arts commission originally selected Zoccola, who then created multiple designs for the commission to review.

The final designs for the cultures are 20-feet tall and are made of steel. All four are unique and range in width, from eight to 12-feet wide. Built by Metal Arts Foundry in Lehi, Utah, the sculptures were hauled in a 65-foot truck to Issaquah where they were lifted by cranes to place them in their final location and bolted down along the road.

For Dukes, public art helps bring a human touch to projects otherwise intended to serve a specific purpose.

“The art provides a human scale to these kinds of construction projects,” she said. “It adds an extra element of whimsy, gives a little more character to a fairly straightforward project.”

The project was supported by an arts ordinance as well as the municipal arts fund. Dukes said the city has an ordinance that requires half of a percent of the total project budget be dedicated to art for the project. Along with that half percent, the project also used money from the municipal arts fund. The total cost of the project came in at around $170,000, Dukes said.

Zoccola thanked Dukes for her help during the process to make the art possible, and was excited to see the pedestrians and cyclists use the new road extension so heavily.

“I hope people connect with it and enjoy it in their everyday life,” she said.

The city of Issaquah has a video of the installation process available to watch on their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofissaquah.

More in News

Encompass is among local nonprofit organizations that has received assistance from Issaquah’s Community Fund. Encompass provides opportunities for children such as early learning, pediatric therapy and family enrichment, according to its website. Courtesy photo
Community Fund program for Issaquah nonprofits open until June 28

Grant program provides financial support for upcoming projects.

Photo Provided by Naomi Parkman Sansome Facebook Page
Buckle up for another smoky summer

Wildfires in Washington will likely roar back this year and into the future.

Public hearing for 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan set for July 1

Issaquah has begun its update to the six-year Capital Improvement Plan for 2020-2025.

Eastside cities voice their support for gun violence prevention efforts

Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie mayors make official proclamations.

What’s next for Washington’s 2045 green energy goal?

The Legislature set the goal, but how does the state actually get there?

Richard Sanford publishes his fifth book, “The Soul Snatchers.” Courtesy photo
Issaquah author publishes new sci-fi novel

30-year Issaquah resident, Richard Sanford, publishes fifth novel.

Issaquah secures funding from state legislature

The city of Issaquah has received funding for three major projects from the state legislature.

Tasting room proposal could redefine alcohol production in King County

Pilot program would benefit wineries, breweries and distilleries. Several farmers are concerned.

In a 2015 report from the Washington State Department of Ecology, King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill received 53,739 tons of of plastic bags and wrap from housing and commercial sources alone. File photo/Sound Publishing
No good solution to the plastics problem

Plastic is piling up everywhere from King County to ocean floors, and humans keep making more.

Most Read