PRESS RELEASE: Downtown Park and Grand Opening to Highlight Public Art

Press Release

Downtown Park and Grand Opening to Highlight Public Art

August 27, 2018

Lisa Maher, Communications & Marketing Manager

Redmond, WA – Mark your calendars for Redmond’s new Downtown Park which officially opens to the community on Saturday, September 15. The grand opening will include the work of three artists highlighting permanent public art, temporary digital art and performance art in the park. The event will also feature a community scavenger hunt sponsored by OneRedmond, a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor John Marchione and other honored guests, and a community picnic. 

“Incorporating public art into the new Downtown Park design and Grand Opening ceremony further emphasizes the importance the City of Redmond and the community place on the arts,” said Mayor John Marchione. “The Downtown Park will serve as a welcoming gathering place and as an experience for the current community and future generations.” 

The pavilion at Downtown Park, titled Buoyant by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, serves as a public art piece, a functional pavilion structure, and a platform for performance and digital projection. It includes a water wall as a canvas for an LED lighting design created by Anholt and her team and an opportunity to feature projected digital art by other artists. Buoyant, like the rest of the park, is inspired by the historic bog landscape that once occupied the current Downtown Park site– with its floating landforms and reflective water – coupled with Redmond’s identity as an innovative digital technology hub. 

Maja Petric is the City of Redmond's current Artist in Residence. She primarily works in digital art and other leading-edge technology and uses light in her work to create transformative spatial experiences. While recognized internationally for her work, Maja has also held an artist residency at Microsoft and formerly lived in Redmond. Her latest immersive digital art installation will be displayed on the Buoyant water wall at Downtown Park during the grand opening. 

Lucia Neare's performances weave together fine art including live classical music, sculpture and dance with unusual disciplines to create "ephemeral participatory dreamscapes." Neare has presented dozens of large-scale, site-specific works across the Pacific Northwest including here in Redmond. Her first performance took place in Downtown Park when it was just a patch of grass back in 2012. Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders will perform "A Hundred Years from Today" at the grand opening celebration. 

For more information about the park and grand opening, please visit For questions and additional information, contact Lisa Maher, Communications Manager, at or 425-556-2427. This press release is available on