It took maybe two minutes after stepping into 325 Westlake to develop a crush on the new residential project. Unlike some other buildings that shout about luxury features that turn out to be more marketing than material, 325 Westlake doesn’t have to pound its chest very hard. Read the full article on UrbnLivn.

Eight stories up in the canopy of an old-growth Western hemlock, artist John Grade is suspended in a harness as he covers the tree trunk with heavy-gauge aluminum foil that’s plastered over to form a mold.

Joining him is Nicholas Dankers, a certified arborist without whom nobody gets off the ground, and an assistant, Sam Kuniholm. The tree is on private land near North Bend.

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With its larger-than-life installations, MadArt isn’t known for doing things conventionally. Its newest HQ is no different.

Imagine that your apartment building also houses an art studio, home to a revolving cast of artists working on large-scale projects and sculptural work destined for the public sphere. This art-lover’s dream is soon-to-be reality: In the next few weeks, MadArt, a for-profit mission-driven arts organization that funds large-scale public art works, is finishing up one of the most fascinating hybrid live/work spaces in town. Their location: The ever-growing South Lake Union neighborhood in the heart of Amazon territory. Read more »

Charred is a temporary installation on the facade of MadArt’s new home at 325 Westlake Avenue North in South Lake Union. A collaborative, multimedia piece by Kathleen Warren and Jon Gentry, with contributing artist Kat Larson, Charred is a burned and etched wood-paneled wall with a video component. “Featuring Charred on the temporary wall during construction, gives MadArt an opportunity to introduce itself to the neighborhood,” said Tim Detweiler, Director of MadArt. Read more »