Against the Current, Hope will Ebb and Flow

Against the Current, Hope will Ebb and Flow, August- January, 2015 Location: Central District Seattle Commissioning Agency: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Socially Engaged Public Art by Hanako O'Leary Photography by Elena Chernock

Against the Current, Hope will Ebb and Flow, August- January, 2015

Location: Central District Seattle

Commissioning Agency: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Socially Engaged Public Art by Hanako O'Leary

Photography by Elena Chernock

Against the Current, Hope will Ebb and Flow

I was selected by the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle through their Art Interruptions program to create a work of art for the Central District. I was able to spend the next few months walking around the neighborhood interviewing residents on how they remember their home, what they have seen change, and their hopes for the years to come. For each person I talked to, I made a school of fish representing their views on the matter.


My aim was to start a conversation around gentrification and it's effects on a community. I collected input from those who begin the process to those who are left in it's aftermath. The rising cost of housing has been affecting all of us here in Seattle, but in the Central District, a historically African American neighborhood, the effects are especially pronounced.

Special thanks to the Central District, Seattle, Office of Arts & Culture, SDOT - King Street Station, Elena Chernock, Michael T. Perkins, and Section 8 Magazine, and Esther.