Tree socks colonize Seattle
July 26, 2011
By Anna Marum
Artist Suzanne Tidwell, creator of the yarn socks adorning several tree stumps near Eastlake High School in Sammamish, now has another site to add to her résumé. In April, Seattle Parks and Recreation asked artists to contribute to ARTSpark Program 2011.
The program, which organizes performances and art in Occidental Square during the summer, is a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture’s Site Specific program.
The ARTSpark representatives were excited to give Tidwell the go-ahead to wrap the trees in the square with brightly-colored yarn, said the artist.
“It really transforms the neighborhood,” she said.
Tidwell began installing the tubes of yarn on June 1 and finished on June 30. The bright hues of red, orange, purple and yellow have been likened to styles of Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss.
The artist said the feedback from Seattleites has been incredible.
“The community has been so supportive and enthusiastic,” she said.
The Occidental tree socks may come down in mid-August to make way for other artists’ projects.
Tidwell said projects like the Occidental Square and her current project for the Bellevue Arts Fair have kept her busy.
She said she will likely change the Sammamish tree socks in August. The socks’ colors will represent the transition from summer into fall, and will include bright reds and purples and orange and brown. The Sammamish City Council has allowed the tree socks to continue for a year, and the new display in fall should be the final one.