My Penguin is an "Atman", or a "Soul of Penguin". She is made of gold leaf, silver leaf, acrylic paint, glass beads, and a photo transfer of a drawing I made at the zoo. After living with my penguin form for a few days awaiting "her instructions", for my inspiration...I realized what was really missing/what was needed was the life spirit of "penguin". I turned to my sketchbooks filled with drawings from Woodland Park Zoo's residents, including the penguins. I found a penguin drawing to breathe life into my form...made a photo transfer of it with acrylic gel, covered it with glass beads and then lots of silver & gold leafing later...is this atman.
Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is launching it's "March of the Penguins" auction Friday night at both the Seattle Center Space Needle and Greenwood Collective.
In celebration of community art and inspired by Woodland Park Zoo’s all new Humboldt penguin exhibit, Woodland Park Zoo and The Greenwood Collective joined forces to spread art and conservation awareness throughout Seattle. Woodland Park Zoo provided artists, amateur and professionals alike, with 22-inch fabricated penguins. The Greenwood Collective managed artist submissions, providing workshops, materials and artist guidance for this project.
Here are the details.
Woodland Park Zoo and The Greenwood Collective launch
Penguins on the March, a Seattle neighborhood art exhibit
Artist-decorated, fabricated penguins debut at Space Needle and The Greenwood Collective
Woodland Park Zoo and Greenwood’s shared creative work space The Greenwood Collective launch Penguins on the March at two corresponding exhibits on June 12th starting at the base of the Space Needle in the morning and closing at The Greenwood Collective in Greenwood-Phinney.
Sixty-two Seattle artists of all ages and experience levels painted, embellished and decorated fabricated penguins as a community celebration of art and wildlife conservation, inspired by Woodland Park Zoo’s brand new Humboldt penguin exhibit, which opened in May.
After its June 12th launch, Penguins on the March will begin migrating into Ballard, Fremont and Greenwood-Phinney, where you will find individual penguins prominently featured in front of neighborhood businesses in July, August and September.
WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2009
WHERE: 10:00 a.m. – noon (official program begins at 10:30 a.m.)
The Space Needle, outdoor, near the valet entrance
FREE: Open to press, penguin artists, family & friends, and public
And then at The Greenwood Collective, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
FREE: Open to the public during Art Up/Open Up Greenwood-Phinney monthly art walk
The Space Needle Artist Celebration
Official launch program begins at 10:30 a.m. featuring debut of 50 penguins and guest speakers
- Featured speakers: Woodland Park Zoo, professional and amateur artists, Greenwood Collective
- Live Penguin Mural by Bherd Studios
- Woodland Park Zoo’s Humboldt penguin wagon will distribute fun penguin giveaways
- Penguin mascot will entertain guests and passers-by
- Interviews available with artists and organizers
The Greenwood Collective Artist Celebration
- Featuring 30 penguins on exhibit between 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., plus artists
- Opening during monthly Art Up/Open Up Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood art walk
- Interviews available with The Greenwood Collective and penguin artists
- Look for the Penguin Mural by Bherd Studios on Greenwood Ave between 85th St and 87th St
After migrating through Seattle, the penguins will be auctioned off to benefit Woodland Park Zoo’s field conservation program. Woodland Park Zoo supports 38 wildlife conservation projects in 50 countries worldwide, including the Humboldt Penguin Conservation Center at Punta San Juan.
ABOUT Woodland Park Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting international standards in education, conservation, animal care and exhibitry. The 21st century zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in Washington state and around the world. By inspiring people to care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future. Opened in May 2009, the all new, 17,000-square-foot Humboldt penguin exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo transports zoo visitors to the desert coast of Punta San Juan—home of the largest colony of wild Humboldt penguins in Peru. See the zoo’s colony of 20 penguins in the naturalistic exhibit, featuring shoreline cliffs, crashing waves, rocky pools and beaches, and underwater vantage points that will offer guests nose-to-beak views as penguins splash, dive and “fly” underwater.
ABOUT The Greenwood Collective
The Greenwood Collective is a creative event and work space located in the heart of Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. This group of independent creative professionals exchange knowledge, resources, and inspiration in an effort to strengthen their overlapping communities.