Stepwell Art Ribbon Cutting Saturday in Riverfront Park

Project is the signature art piece for Riverfront Park redevelopment

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Friday, May 5, 2023 at 9:48 a.m.

Spokane, Wash. – Join Spokane Parks & Recreation and Spokane Arts as we cut the ribbon on Stepwell, the signature art piece for the redevelopment of Riverfront Park, on Saturday May 6 at 11 a.m.

The event includes remarks from artist J. Meejin Yoon of Höweler + Yoon, and representatives from the Spokane Park Board and Spokane Arts. Local poet Laura Read will share a poem, and there will be live music by King Jazz Quartet. Light refreshments will be served from Three Birdies Bakery, Beacon Hill Catering, and Cheeky Cookie Company. The event is free.

Video links from Spokane Arts: Putting on the final touches and Meejin’s inspiration

"We're thrilled to see Stepwell come to fruition," said Parks and Recreation director Garrett Jones. “Meejin is known for creating interactive art that reflects a community, and this beautiful Expo '74-inspired piece certainly lives up to that reputation. We can't wait for the public to be able to see, touch, and explore this new artwork."

“This sculpture is truly one of a kind,” said Spokane Arts executive director Melissa Huggins. “It’s comprised of 68 individual pieces of wood, both hand-carved and machined, precisely engineered to fit together like a puzzle. The beauty and complexity of the structure is remarkable.”

Stepwell is an interactive wood sculpture inspired by the Expo environmental theme, logo, and Riverfront’s topography. It is located just north of the Providence Playscape, and accessible off the main Howard Street Promenade that runs north/south through the park.

The Riverfront Park redevelopment bond allocated $500,000 for a signature piece and an art plan for the park. The budget for art represents 1% of the total bond, a public art allocation that is required by the city for similar projects. The total cost of Stepwell is $583,000, covered by voter-approved bond funds with in-kind support from Spokane Arts, the City of Spokane, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, and Quarra Stone.


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