“A Seat for the Elite” is a bench made out of western red cedar with photos of the wetlands and the university covering the surface. It will be located in the left corner of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory closest to Cascadia Community College. The bench addresses issues of environmental health as it relates to the history of the University of Washington Bothell.
I wanted to show the history of the University as well as the wetland’s history and how they have been connected since the beginning. I put photos of the wetland’s restoration on the seat of the bench so that visitors can sit on the wetland, as they are in reality and as the students at UW Bothell and Cascadia do when they go to school and sit in their desks. I want to show that even though the University restored the part of the wetland, the University also had to destroy some of the wetlands in order to build the school.
Western Red Cedar: $300
Photo printing on wood: $3,000