As a former Seattlelite, I try to keep up with what’s new in the city even if my visits are few and far between. As the cultural and business hub of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has always held its own in the food, shopping, and art scenes. But these days, the city seems to grow more cosmopolitan by the minute as a flurry of the world’s trendiest and most luxurious brands (Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, David Barton Gym) all move in to call Seattle home.
In the past few years I’ve followed the city’s metamorphosis through its ever-changing skyline. In 2006, it was dotted with dozens of cranes, poised to transform the downtown from business commuter hub into some of the most desirable residential real estate on the West coast. I am always wowed each time one of these projects complete- always a technologically advanced, masterfully designed building that adds a new sparkle to the city view.
Last week, TDO was invited to celebrate one of these developments- Fifteen Twenty One Second Ave– with a private gallery opening at the penthouse that brought together the social and influential set for an evening of art and architecture. We sent a correspondent to scope out the scene and he reported back with what can only be described as genuine awe. The art collection, valued at more than a quarter of a million dollars, featured over 25 pieces from Seattle artist, Jean-Pierre Canlis, who is most well-known for his nature inspired large-scale glass installations. Canlis collaborated with Fifteen Twenty One to showcase what he calls “art in place.” Instead of presenting art against a stark museum wall, Canlis brings to life the true flavor of his work by placing it in one of its most natural settings.
We’re sure the pictures, as amazing as they are, don’t do the real deal justice. Luckily, Canlis is opening the exhibit for two days only to the public. The open house is free and viewing opportunities are available during this upcoming weekend on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from 11-5. Those interested in viewing the exhibit should call (206) 443-1521 or visit www.1521second.com.