JewelBoats takes its inspiration from the reflective nature of Lake Union and mirrors its constant motion and fluidity in three art installations along Westlake cycle track, connecting the experience of the lake to the path and emphasizing the ongoing transformation of the water's reflective surface.
Glacial Canoes pays homage to the glacier that formed the land and created Lake Union eons ago. The patterns on the sculptures' backs represent the current lake and its surrounding topography. Split like a geode, Glacial Canoes' watery insides provide an ever-changing portal for bicycles to pass through. Their basic shape refers to the history of boats and mirrors the constant motion and fluidity of the lake's surface. Like glacial erratics, Glacial Canoes appear as displaced rocks transported by time and nature.
Stone Dinghy, Crystal Kayak + Diamond Speedboat
Stone Dinghy, Crystal Kayak and Diamond Speedboat echoes the types of boats and recreational usage found on the lake and highlights the evolution or transformation from a pair of erratic stones at the south entrance (Glacial Canoes) to a glistening diamond at the north end of the cycle track (Diamond Speedboat.) The installation is a 2-dimensional expression of their 3-dimensional counterparts to the north and south.
Diamond Speedboat alludes to both a speedboat and completes the process of geological time and technology in turning stones into a precisely cut and glistening diamond. Additionally, the sculpture references the flight of floatplanes that regularly land on Lake Union and to Boeing's first airplane assembled on the lake's northeast shore.