an art project presenting photography in two Seattle Neighborhoods

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A Unique Art Experience for Seattle Pedestrians

artist: Kevin Wildermuth

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AlternateViews is a virtual gallery project juxtaposing photographs of Oaxaca, Mexico with views from Seattle sidewalks in the Capitol Hill and Fremont neighborhoods this summer. Forty seven bright yellow placards, each displaying a QR code linked to a different photograph, will be posted in storefront windows and on utility poles for six weeks beginning in July. Pedestrians are invited to scan the codes with their smart phone to compare the actual scene before them with a scene photographed in Mexico by the artist.

To see a map of placard locations, which the artist has dubbed ViewSites, tap on either the Capitol Hill Map or the Fremont Map button. A list of the ViewSites for each neighborhood, with their addresses and approximate GPS coordinates, is available from those screens as well.

The artist will be giving two presentations early in July to explain the project and to give the public a chance to meet him and ask questions. Tap on the Artist Talks button to see the dates for those events.


Project update:

The QR code placards all went up on Capitol Hill July 1st and in Fremont on July 2nd. Many of those were taken down almost immediately. Among some members of the public and within certain agencies in the city the concern for poster-free poles overrides any tolerance for the use of this public commons for public art. All QR placards will be removed from utility poles and storefront windows around August 15th. So the artist urges you to go find those placards soon.

The web site has been adjusted so that the ViewSites are better described and the photography easier to see for those who find the locations but discover that there is no code to scan. While experiencing the artwork on your smart phone you may find the ViewSites by tapping on one of the two map or ViewSite List buttons on most screens.

In the Google custom map of ViewSites links to the Oaxacan photos appear when you tap on a marker. Thosee photo screens in turn are linked to images of the view from the related ViewSite. This means that if the QR placard is missing you can refer to the latter images to see the scene that the artist intended to associate with the Oaxacan photograph.

The artist would like to thank the participating businesses who allowed him to put placards in their store windows. Please consider patronizing these art-friendly businesses:

On Capitol Hill:
Chris Bachtel Property management
Chungee's Drink and Eat
Vermillion Bar
TNT Espresso
Dave's Appliance Rebuild
15th Avenue Garage
Broadway Café
Velo Bike Shop
Callahan's Auto Rebuild
Office Nomads
Mercedes Benz of Seattle
Blick Art Materials
Emerald City Smoothie

In Fremont:
Espresso to Go
Not a Number Cards & Gifts
Burnt Sugar Frankie
Free Range Cycles
Costas Opa Greek Restaurant



To learn more about the project, see the answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or to see more of Kevin's work, tap on the Alternate Views Main Site button.


Primary funding by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Additional funding by Josephine Webb. Additional credits and acknowledgments can be found on the main site.

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