Downtown Streetscape - Tree Grates

One Sentence Description

Cast iron tree grates that incorporate poetry.

Did You Know?

The town center streets are framed by a number of the following poetic tree grates that call to mind the Island’s character and historically independent spirit.

“Bird in Hand” (SE 27th St): incorporates a stanza from W.H. Auden’s O Where Are You Going?:

“O do you imagine,” said fearer to farer,

“That dusk will delay on your path to the pass,

Your diligent looking discover the lacking,

Your footsteps feel from granite to grass?”

“Enviable Isle” (77th Ave SE): 4 grates incorporating the entire poem Enviable Isle by Herman Melville.

“Fish Grate” (78th Ave SE): reminds us of the Island’s natural surroundings.

Artist: T. Ellen Sollod

Medium: Cast iron

Date: 1994

About The Artist

Sollod is a maker of large-scale public art. Through her work, she aims to engage her audience in awareness. Her art is inspired by social, political, historical and environmental conditions and is site-specific: “My public work is often informed by hidden histories, a community's aspirations or its ecology.”

Fun Facts

In 1994, the City created an Art Plan for the redevelopment of the Island’s town center and commissioned Sollod to create art elements woven throughout the town center that reflect its historic origins and embody a sense of local pride in the Island’s unique character. The Tree Grates are a part of this Downtown Streetscape Project.

Where Is It?

Lining SE 27th St, 77th Ave SE, and 78th Ave SE between SE 27th St and SE 32nd St.

Connected Stories

Other Sollod works that are a part of the Downtown Streetscape Project:

Downtown Streetscape – Street Name Inlays – 1994, intersection corners, from 77th Ave SE & SE 32nd St and 78th Ave SE & SE 32nd St, north to SE 27th St.

Downtown Streetscape – Milk Bottles – 1994, 78th Ave SE, west side just north of SE 32nd St.

Downtown Streetscape – Horseshoe – 1994, 78th Ave SE, east side, north of SE 30th St.

Downtown Streetscape – Gateway Ribbons – 1994, 78th Ave SE at SE 27th St and SE 32nd St.

Downtown Streetscape – History of Transport/Conveyance by Time – 1994, SE 27th St, south side, west of 77th Ave SE.

Downtown Streetscape – (In)visible Histories – 1994, 77th Ave SE, west side, north of SE 29th St.