What's That House Being Built in the Sculpture Park? A Father-Daughter Collaboration
by Jen Graves
on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM
LIKE DAUGHTER, LIKE FATHER, LIKE GREAT-GRANDPA, TOO Art and the Harts (Heather, left, and Harry H. III).
Late in the afternoon last Friday, after a long week of work, Heather Hart and Harry H. Hart III agree to sit down to talk. We meet at Green Leaf restaurant in the basement of the Labor Temple in Belltown, close to their construction site. Harry has been to the Labor Temple before, for a meeting of his carpenters' union years ago. Now he's retired, but using the same skills to help his daughter build art. On a weedy, sloping lawn at the Olympic Sculpture Park, they're erecting a structure facing water and mountains and sky. It will look like a buried house with only the attic and roof sticking out. All summer, people will walk in it and on it, they will drum on its interior walls made of animal hides, and Donald Byrd will dance on the roof.
The wood-frame form is based on Heather's childhood home in North Seattle, which Harry partly built...