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Kalakala Ferry Art Reveal and Open House on January 31

Community invited to preview artist concepts that use salvaged pieces of the Kalakala

Contact: Philly Marsh
City Manager’s Office
(425) 587-3013

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Community members are invited to view and give feedback on four artist concepts that were developed using salvaged pieces of the historic Kalakala Ferry. A Public Open House is being held on January 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center.

The event is free, but please register by visiting the Eventbrite page. Following the event, an online survey will be available to gather additional public feedback.

The Kalakala Ferry was the world’s first streamlined vessel and is known as being the world’s only Art Deco ferry. The Kalakala Ferry was built between 1933 and 1935 at the Lake Washington Shipyard, which is now Kirkland’s Carillon Point.

In February 2015, the City of Kirkland purchased approximately 30 salvaged pieces of the historic ferry. The pieces include the wheelhouse, doors, valve wheels and a section of ornamental interior hand railings. Also among the salvage is a strip of the iconic rounded portholes from the top window section above the car entrance doors in the bow of the vessel.

The City’s vision is to repurpose the salvaged pieces in an art installation that commemorates the historic ferry and the unique design and innovative engineering the vessel represented, as well as Kirkland’s early history as a regional shipbuilding center.

A Citizen Committee comprised of experts in maritime history and members of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission was formed to explore possible art concepts. The committee selected four artists and artist teams to develop concepts for public review:

The artists and artist teams will be in attendance at the event and will be available for questions and conversation.

For more information on the Kalakala Art project and Open House, please contact Philly Marsh at 425-587-3013, or visit the Cultural Arts Commission webpage.