Landing Zone

“Landing Zone” by Peter Reiquam

Mild and Welded Steel, 2010
Paine Field Community Park
Everett, WA

"Landing Zone," an art installation at Paine Field Community Park by artist Peter Reiquam was selected for the 2010 Public Art Year in Review, recognizing 40 of the year’s best public art works in the United States and Canada. The works were chosen from more than 300 entries.

Landing Zone put a humorous spin on the theme of flight with its location so close to the airport. The installation was created to represent a new kind of community gathering place, one that provides a unique, sculptural plaza shelter in the form of a 16-foot-diameter flying saucer. Integrated seating in the form of natural boulders suggests an alien landscape and a cast concrete "X" bench marks the fictional landing zone.

Reiquam is a Seattle artist whose work ranges from prints and drawings to sculptural furniture, mechanical sculptures and public art projects. He earned his B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Washington in 1982 and his M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University in 1984. He was employed as the Head Technician and Head of the Sculpture Department at Pratt Fine Arts Center for over ten years. Reiquam has just completed his second three-year term as a commissioner on the King County Public Art Commission and a quarter-long Visiting Lecturer position in the Sculpture Department at the University of Washington.