On a late afternoon, a sailboat sails peacefully by the skyline of Seattle, Washington.
This is Elliot Bay, a place of busy-ness and activity when the ferries arrive and dock at the shore, dispersing their travelers onto the sidewalks and taking on commuters going the other way.
But for the sailboat and its crew, Elliot Bay is a place to see the city from the Puget Sound waters, to keep distance from the lights and the buildings, the traffic and the activity, and to simply watch from afar. While sipping a drink and chatting, the sailors view the distant activity of Pike Place Market, slightly inland from the docks, as well as the people milling about the shoreline shops.
It’s pleasant to simply watch and observe but not be jostled and bumped by elbows and shopping bags. The calm waters around the sailboat reflect the golden light of afternoon’s late sun.
Elliot Bay, the artwork, invites the viewer to step onto the sailboat, grab a cold drink, and join one’s companions on this...