Central Connector parking lot reopens downtown with art installation

An ariel view of
An ariel view of 'Sky Painting' at the parking lot within the Redmond Central Connector in downtown.
— image credit: Courtesy of City of Redmond

The parking lot within the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) reopened at 9 a.m.on Wednesday with the newest public artwork, "Sky Painting" by John Fleming.

The entrance to the parking lot is located off of Bear Creek Parkway near Leary Way Northeast.

"Sky Painting" is temporary artwork that rolls out the welcome mat to downtown residents and visitors. As part of a holistic strategy to create a vibrant downtown with a healthy commercial and cultural scene with strong transportation connections, the piece transforms a giant surface parking lot that measures 120 feet by 270 feet into an art destination.

"Redmond is a community that is pulling together to create a vibrant urban downtown, including artists," said City of Redmond parks and recreation Director Craig Larsen. "What makes 'Sky Painting' so exciting is that it changes a parking lot into an artistic vision. Now everyone can see how exciting Redmond is becoming from the moment they arrive."

Fleming combines art, architecture and conceptual/environmental ideas into art projects. Many of his projects are inspired by mixed and recycled media.

With "Sky Painting," Fleming was inspired by the grove of trees that were left standing at the entrance to the parking lot. Sizable 10-foot rings in blue and yellow radiate from the largest trees saved. These giant tree rings remind people of what was there as well as what was preserved, the trees. This is the last of three art installations by Fleming that explore nature, history and the environment in the award-winning RCC.

For more information contact Joshua Heim, arts administrator, at (425) 556-2316 or

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