by Michael Dylan Welch
Click the links below to read poems and observations commissioned for my artwalking tour for the Seattle Art Museum’s annual SAM Remix art and dance party at the Olympic Sculpture Park held on 27 August 2010. Tour stops also include my sculpture photos.
people dancing in the radiance of a last-of-summer Friday night. Sound like a party? It sure was, at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park on the Elliott Bay waterfront. And it was my pleasure to be part of this event, SAM Remix, an energetic and popular celebration with a cultural twist—amid new art installations, music, crafts, and literature.
My contribution included leading a flashlight tour of the sculpture park to read poems written in response to various sculptures. I don’t have pictures of the tour itself (I was busy leading the tour, and besides, it was dark), so what follows, with the poems, are photos I took a week later, in daylight, of the various places on my tour. Each stop is marked by a number on the map, and most of the poems I read are included with the photos. For the tour, I had a walking microphone and loudspeaker, essential to be heard among the thousands of revelers in the park—and all the music.
My thanks to the Seattle Art Museum for having me, along with Amber Flame, as one of two featured poets at SAM Remix (Amber performed poems written in response to a new art installation by Trenton Doyle Hancock). And a special thanks to Jared Leising and the Jack Straw Writers Program for arranging this opportunity.
Note: On the following “Silver Notes” page, some poems are not included because they may be pending publication elsewhere, or for other reasons. Also, parts of the park ended up being closed after dark, so I had to slightly modify the tour as we went along. I therefore made a number of alterations to the intended text presented here.