Projects in Public Spaces

Going Cascade at Tacoma Art Museum from Paul Komada on Vimeo.

Going Cascade

NW Art @ NOW, Tacoma Art Museum
curated by Rock Hushka and Juan Roselione-Valadez

May - September 2016

Projects in Public Spaces

Global Bloblem

The installation piece is made for MadArt located on University of Washington, Campus, in Seattle. It is located behind Kane Hall and in front of Denny Hall on the north end of campus.

The blob is made from of flags of the 10 nations that are the largest contributors to global carbon emissions. The blob also includes the 10 countries most adversly effected in next decade or two.

Global Bloblem, MadArt University of Washington Campus (September, 2014)
It will be on view through October 25, 2014.

Going Cascade

I feel that the neck­breaking pace of South Lake Union's transformation is something we could only see few times in our lifetime. The US census suggests that the population growth of the city of Seattle is the fastest among other major cities in the nation.

Toward the end of the 19th century, many people moved into the neighborhood, know as and still is called Cascade, in search of jobs. Obviously the type of available opportunity has shifted significantly from those related to the light­industry to current boom in the tech­industry, as well as medical research institutions.

My Storefront Project installation is a mural scale map of the US. The pattern on the map expresses the energy of the people moving into the Pacific Northwest. There are about 150 pieces of hand­knit square fabrics. Each measures either 16” by 16” or 8” by 8”. One stitch on the small square fabric may seem insignificant. But when they gather together in mass number, something bigger emerges and delivers a strong message.

I embrace and am excited by the booming energy of the region. However a lingering melancholy of the disappearing Cascade is always in my mind.

Going Cascade, 2014
Materials: Hand-knit Yarn Fabric and Nails
Size: approximately 9’ by 21’
Located: On Mercer and Terry, Seattle, WA, 98102
It will be on view through October 15, 2014.

How to Fold an American Flag

The installation piece is made for NEPO 5k Walk don't Run in Seattle. I ordered one hundred 12" by 18" American flags. I folded and stitched the flags in various stages of "official" folding. Then I installed the flags in 10ft by 10ft grid formation on spacious lawn of Sturgus Park.

I live near King County District Courthouse in downtown Seattle. I occasionally come across the guards ceremoniously put away the American flag at the end of the day. Their hands folding the flag in the official format never failed to catch my attention. Such encounters inspired me to employ the flag, and its folding method, in the project.

Installation How to Fold an American Flag (September, 2012)