“Winslow Illuminated” is an environmental art sequence situated along Winslow Way - Bainbridge Island's main street - and on a sloping hillside that leads down to Eagle Harbor. The artworks treat, use, and reveal water and capture the poetic interplay of water, light, and gardens that define Bainbridge. Water surrounds the island and carves its interior landscape. Light plays upon the water—reflected in limpid pools and fractured in cascading streams. Rain supports the island’s verdant growth choreographed into gardens by the island’s inhabitants.
The environmental art sequence by Lorna Jordan Studio responds to these qualities through a series of tableaux and tributaries weaving threads of water, light, and gardens in and around the streetscape. This sequence responds to the terrain with its rolling topography along the east/west axis of Winslow Way and the general downward slope through Waterfront Park towards Eagle Harbor.
The artworks’ names are double entendres. On one level, they suggest items found within shops along many main streets: sheets, springs, mirrors, veils, chains, and ladders. However, the names also suggest poetic expressions of water, light, and gardens. The flow of people in and around this experiential art sequence completes the work.
“Springs” Water bubbles up from sculptural, undulating ribbon forms within two rain gardens that treat and infiltrate water near the low point of Winslow Way. The ribbons respond to the rolling topography of the street—their smoothed, weathered surfaces reflecting valley landforms. The volume of water that bubbles up varies according to weather patterns and rain volumes. At night, the bubbling water is illuminated with sparkling points of light.
“Sheets” At the high point of the street, the buildings act as tributaries within this “streetscape as watershed”. Stormwater spills from the adjacent buildings, down vertical planes of glass or stone, along stepped planes of water, and into rain gardens. The forms are rugged and unweathered—an abstraction of rocky outcroppings found high in a watershed.
PROJECT CREDITS: Lorna Jordan, Environmental Artist With the Winslow Way Streetscape Design Team
Commissioned by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council in association with the City of Bainbridge Island