Redmond’s ‘Erratic’ art installation to be relocated

The installation will be relocating to Gilman Landing.

Redmond’s “Erratic” art installation will be moved from its current site at the southwest corner of 166th Avenue Northeast and Cleveland Street by March 31, 2020.

The installation’s current location conflicts with the conceptual designs for the Downtown Redmond light rail station area.

The development agreement — approved in June — between the city of Redmond and Sound Transit explains that Sound Transit will reimburse the city for costs up to $576,300 to move “Erratic.”

According to Carolyn Hope, park planning and cultural arts manager, the city, Sound Transit and “Erratic” artist John Fleming collaborated over the past year to evaluate options and location for the relocation. The city’s Arts and Culture Commission and Fleming recommended “Erratic” be moved to the Gilman Landing site at the corner of Leary Way and Northeast 76th Street. Gilman Landing was chosen as a new location because of its proximity to the railroad corridor. The location is a “landing” or gathering spot in the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) master plan, according to Hope.

“The Gilman Landing site is a very important site…It was the former railroad depot site and it is a nod to the history of the railroad. We will continue to make that important with the site improvement,” she said.

“Erratic” reflects the railroad history of Redmond. Fleming completed the installation in 2012 as part of the RCC Phase I in honor of the city’s centennial. Three thousand steel plates from the BNSF Railroad were salvaged to form the cladding for “Erratic’s” skin.

The city is retaining the original artist, Fleming, to relocate the artwork under his agreement. Fleming will lead the disassembling, transport, reconstruction and installation of “Erratic” by the project completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Jacobs Engineering is also retained under a separate contract by the city to design and prepare the new site. A contract will be set up with a construction contractor at the Sept. 3 council meeting.

The reconstruction of “Erratic” on the new site may last longer. Staff will update council on the progress of construction in future meetings.