An actual casting of a draft horseshoe set into the sidewalk concrete.
In the 1880’s early settlers of Mercer Island began logging the heavily wooded island. A steam-powered logging donkey was situated near what is now 76th Ave SE and SE 32nd St. There was a “skid road” where horses and oxen skid logs from SE 32nd St. and 80th Ave SE, north along the ridge, then northeast following the slope to what is now the swimming beach at Luther Burbank Park. The logs were then boomed and towed to sawmills on the lake. This casting of a draft horseshoe reminds us of the Island’s logging history.
Artist: T. Ellen Sollod
Medium: Metal (iron?) set into concrete
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.”
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 Horseshoe is a part of this Downtown Streetscape Project.
78th Ave SE, east side, north of SE 30th St.
Other Sollod works that are a part of the Downtown Streetscape Project:
Downtown Streetscape – Tree Grates – 1994, lining SE 27th St, 77th Ave SE, and 78th Ave SE between SE 27th St and SE 32nd St.
Downtown Streetscape – Milk Bottles – 1994, 78th Ave SE, west side just north of SE 32nd St.
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 – 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.