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CHS Pics | First in a series, Boxed Up installation unveiled on 15th Ave E

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(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

The effort to transform a demolition-bound restaurant into an active art installation was unveiled Thursday night at 15th Ave E and E Mercer.

CHS wrote about the Storefronts Seattle project to transform the empty Indian restaurant here last week. The Greg Lewis-designed Boxed Up project was the first in a series of three installations planned as “a riff on the Surrealist exquisite corpse game.” According to Storefronts, “the series of three installations will build on each other for the duration of the Storefronts project and be removed or become part of the demolition of the building.”

“The Chutney’s building was originally constructed in 1941 as a filling station, it also served as a dry cleaner and several restaurants,” the invitation for Thursday night’s debut details. “In this final iteration the compiled form of the structure is wholly expressed while boxing up any useful function and memory.”

In addition to the installation, band Postcard from the Badlands entertained the crowd.

According to organizers, the next stages in the installation will appear in October and December before the building is demolished later in 2014.IMG_8428

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hiller
hiller
9 years ago

Nice idea, but what an eyesore for the neighborhood :(

Tom
Tom
9 years ago
Reply to  hiller

I don’t think I agree, hiller. It’s fun and looks far better than a derelict building that will inevitably be tagged a million times before it’s finally razed and replaced.

hiller
hiller
9 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I agree that it’s better than a derelict building, but it’s not attractive, nonetheless. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)

joel
joel
9 years ago
Reply to  hiller

I think it looks cool.

HL
HL
9 years ago
Reply to  joel

I like it too. I run by there frequently and prefer how it looks now!

calhoun
9 years ago
Reply to  hiller

It’s unfortunate that there is often such a long interval between when a building is closed/boarded up and when it is razed and redeveloped. I think especially of the old QFC site on Broadway (now Joule), where the interval was several years. I guess this is the time when further planning/permits etc is accomplished, but I have never understood why it takes so long.

Carlos
Carlos
9 years ago

Is there any chance this would be open/available for a private party? Or heck, even a public one? I’d love to throw a show in that space. If it’s possible, could someone get in touch with me?

Timmy73
Timmy73
9 years ago

Between the nails going in at this project and the aPodment construction 2 blocks West, I was going crazy. Glad this installation is complete. Not really a fan but better than a chain link fence and empty lot waiting for vandals and such.

Marcia
Marcia
9 years ago

Greg,

Congratulations on your “Surrealist exquisite corpse game!” I drove by Thurs, & it looked mighty impressive.

You’re incredibly creative.

Hillbilly
Hillbilly
9 years ago

who’s the fox playing steel guitar?

evon
evon
9 years ago
Reply to  Hillbilly

OMG what a hottie but he’s probably not into trans. :(

Laker
Laker
9 years ago

Looks cool!

Tracey Brown
9 years ago

Greg, this is an awesome undertaking and so reflective of your personality. I appreciate the simplicity of the concept yet intense labor required and the many layers of meaning there are to extract. E.g. it takes the “boarded up window” to an entirely new dimension. Please update me on the progression of this project.

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