Art in the community at Janus Apartments


The work deals with ironic duality. Iconography and satirical juxtapositions by layering thoughtfully paired cultural icons with one another, these visually arresting pieces challenge the viewer to decipher the image while making the sardonic metaphorical and sometimes philosophical connections within the images.

SUNAJby Mary Coss

My art practice considers and reframes our cultural landscape through metaphors that explore the human condition. I present the familiar in unfamiliar ways, using artifacts and cultural remnants to place the imagery of our lives into a new context. My narrative based installations explore shared and personal mythologies. These familiar abstracted subjects touch a deep internal chord that connects us.

JANUS is the Roman God of beginnings and passages. I reversed the name and ironically discovered SUNAJ means portal. My installation with projection and neon is created on this notion of portal. The concepts inspire the words written in wire and neon. The magical figure pencils the text, creating a dispersing portal of language, where the shadows encompass the physical nature of the metal work. Projected images of clouds further this ethereal saga.

PERSEUS II by Miguel Edwards

I have been living in the Ballard / Greenwood area for the better part of 10 years. During this time most of my business has taken place in the area, and over the last few years I have had several exhibitions in local galleries as part of the Greenwood Art Walk. The first Perseus sculpture, “Perseus I”, was launched at the CoCA Heaven and Earth Exhibition at Carkeek Park in 2010.   “Perseus I” was a strong sculpture that was extremely popular at Carkeek Park. “Perseus I” piece was 22’ tall and was originally installed near the playground with a sweeping view of Puget Sound.

“Perseus I” was a monumental scaled interactive, kinetic sculpture with solar powered LED’s. Since the moment I watched the first sunset behind it overlooking the Puget Sound I knew one day I would find the right place to explore and refine this vision, as well as bring it to a grander scale. I am excited to create “Perseus II” for a permanent public installation in the Greenwood neighborhood, and looking forward to the chance to once again share this vision with the community.

It is a perfect dovetail that First Avenue NW is a green street. What better place for an inspiring monumental, kinetic, interactive, solar powered sculpture to anchor it where it intersects the arterial of 85th. The piece itself draws on references of mythology and duality: exploring man's relationship with things beyond his physical grasp. The original was so popular and interactive that 5 years later you can still see the grooves in the lawn where it was installed from people walking around and interacting with it. It is this type of engaged experience that I strive to add and elevate Public Art in my neighborhood. I am thrilled to have the chance to bring permanent interactive art to my neighborhood as well as to develop and refine the vision that began to take shape with “Perseus I”.

Art at Janus Apartments in Seattle