This puzzling public artpiece situated in front of Everett’s Chicago Title Company Building provides a stark contrast with the stoic architecture of that building in the background. The building itself is impressive and then with the street art it just makes a wonderful combination. At first glance this colorful art piece might be a puzzle (pun intended), but take a look at the cross-walk sign. It is signaling that it is time to cross, and this is exactly what the two missing puzzle pieces appear to have accomplished. They’ve crossed the line between East Colby and West Colby.
Public Art is a vital part of the experience of a city and Everett has some pieces that have really caught the imagination of the viewing public. Of course on the waterfront near the public boat launch (close to where the little ferry zips over to Jetty Island) there is the magnificent iron sculpture with multiple layers of thick metal plates. It could represent almost anything but most are guessing it is the represents the tale of a whale’s tail.
And speaking of metal sculpture, the pear on Colby near the old Everett High School has certainly evoked some conversation. For those who would ask why anyone would spend all that time, energy and resource on a huge pear, we might respond that fruit has been the object of art for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Think of the classic bowl of fruit that as proudly acted as the colorful model for budding art students. Why not give fruit its just due and honor it as such. That is the wonderful thing about public art. If it inspires a conversation, a question, an emotion, or just simple curiosity — then it has succeeded at doing that which it was intended to do.
Take a gander up to Forest Park near the children’s playground and you see a piece that is a wonderful blend of old statuary and some incredible mosaic work. The hummingbird you can see in this work is busy extracting nectar from the beautiful and stunning flower creations.
But yet in stark contrast this hummingbird is a part of the base of an old and weather-worn statuary of two twins gently looking downward. It is as if the two adorable angels are gazing down at the hummingbird as it flutters among the mosaic flowers. Art like this is extremely refreshing because the artist blended the old (and perhaps discarded) with a new and innovative inlay of colorful glass.
The next time you are out and about in Everett, open your eyes and be amazed at what an art-inspired city we live in. Art is the energy that transforms a boring and gray world into something that is truly outstanding. Like nature’s trees and flowers and streams and animals — art is humankind’s way of escaping the monotonous functionality of everything in the man-made world.
Thomas Merton said “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. It is that simple pause we take as we busily head to our destinations that sometimes make the big differences in our lives. That pauseso many times occurs because of some magnificent building, sunset backed skyline, a misty vista, a centuryies old museum painting, or a curious piece of public art piece that was place there for no other reason that was placed there. Yes, it is in these pauses that we stop to consider things beyond our familiar zone.
All the images on this page were shot within two hours — just buzzing around Everett in a car with an alert eye. Take some time one day and give yourself a tour through Everett’s outdoor public art. You’ll be glad you did.