Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park covers 3,100 acres between between 1,000 and 1,595 feet above sea level near Issaquah. It is the largest of the King County Parks, 6 times the size of Discovery Park, the largest park in the City of Seattle. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is connected to Squak Mountain State Park by the Cougar-Squak Corridor. Together they cover an area of 5,000 acres. The park is mostly forested, but also contains significant wetlands. Overgrowth & Understory is a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, which runs from July 10th through October 2nd, 2010. 16 artworks near the Sky Country and Anti-Aircraft Peak trailheads explore themes of art, nature, and land use. This is collaboration between King County Parks and the Center on Contemporary Art.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park August 2010. Burnt Offering by Debra Harvey. ‘Burnt Offering begins with the charred stump of a once large sheltering tree. Forged copper, rusty metal, rebar, semi-precious stones & glass mosaic combine to become part of the rebirth...the creation of the understory.’ Overgrowth & Understory
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park August 2010. Retablo by Aaron Haba. ‘Retablo is a response to the abandoned infrastructure on Anti-Aircraft Peak. Drawing from the history of the site's use to deploy Nike missiles, I chose to work with simple geometric shapes. These refer to boundaries, both physical & spiritual, & how over time these boundaries change, or in the case of the site become obsolete. Through the use of ashes, flowers & chalk I hope to explore the need for boundariess & how we can dismantle those that keep us from seeing the world as a whole.’ Overgrowth & Understory
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park August 2010. Mushroom growing along Anti-Aircraft Ridge Trail.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park August 2010. Alder (Alnus rubra) forest on Anti-Aircraft Ridge.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park August 2010. Que Viva El Sol / La Vida Del Sol by Miguel Edwards. ‘The sun is massive...but also gaseous. With this piece, I hoped to capture the essence of the duality with bold structure & geometry, as well as gesture & negative space.’ Overgrowth & Understory