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10:00AM - 7:00PM
Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle WA 98109
This event is free

Presented by:

  • Shape Our Water

  • Seattle Public Utilities

  • Team: Britta Johnson and Nina Vichayapai (Artist Co-Creators); Dre Avila, Samantha Keller, and Leslie Webster (Seattle Public Utilities); Julie Bassuk, Beth Batchelder, Laura Basile, Claire Farrington, Queenie Gipaya, and Chad Sharp (MAKERS); Anand Balasubrahmanyan and Molly Michal (Team Soapbox)

    Built Installation

    When we build homes and roads, it changes the way water moves all around us. But what if we designed urban spaces that acted more like nature?

    Water flows through our homes and streets to our creeks, lakes, and the ocean, influencing how Seattle looks, feels, and functions along the way. When rain falls, Seattle’s urban environment speeds up stormwater. But what if we designed a city that acted more like nature, where undeveloped landscapes soak up water like a sponge? Water already shapes our lives – but what if we all took a more active role in shaping our water?

    Build your own stormwater pathway at this collaborative installation that mimics a traditional marble run. Working together with other participants, you will co-design a landscape of human-built and natural solutions for water management, attempting to slow down the flow as your marble travels through the installation. Use pre-made modular elements to design and re-design water’s journey on its way from the sky to the Salish Sea. Runs are timed to identify the slowest raindrop run.

    Together, let’s collaborate to create a more resilient water future for everyone who calls this place home.


    This team is committing to reusing materials from this experience in their own future work.