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Restoration Company Cleans 2 of Edmonds' Best-Known Public Art Pieces

Donation to Edmonds Arts Commission gives new life to Everett DuPen’s "Vision" at the Edmonds Library and Robert Cooke’s "Beach Launch" at Brackett's Landing South.

Two popular public art pieces in Edmonds are cleaner today thanks to Artech, an art maintenance and restoration company.

Last week, Artech workers cleaned Everett DuPen’s "Vision" at the Edmonds Library Plaza and Robert Cooke’s "Beach Launch" at Brackett's Landing South.

The cleaning was funded by a donation to the Edmond Arts Commission.

Says Sarah Cocker, Edmonds Cultural Services' senior office specialist: “Regular maintenance protects artwork from the environment and everyday exposure in order to maintain the integrity of the artist's intent.”

The two sculptures are integral pieces to the City of Edmonds Public Art Collection.

Vision was created by internationally renowned Seattle sculptor Everett DuPen in 1984 and was the first major sculpture purchased with City’s 1% for Art funds by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission.

The bronze sculpture was originally designed as a naked diver in reference to the Underwater Park, but local citizens objected and DuPen changed his design to the more modestly clad "Vision," looking out towards the water.

Cooke's "Beach Launch" was created in 1998 for the new Brackett’s Landing South park, and was funded by the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation. Cooke used real items such as the boots and life preserver in creating the molds for his cast bronze piece. 

For a walking tour map of public art (PDF), go to the City of Edmonds Web site.

What's your favorite piece of public art in Edmonds?

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