Follow the sound of Taiko drummers and meet on the Edmonds waterfront at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 for the official dedication of “Friendship Tree,” a carved cedar sculpture by Seattle artist Steve Jensen.
“Friendship Tree” commemorates the Sister City relationship between Edmonds and Hekinan, Japan. Design elements on the sculpture were developed by local students in a workshop with Jensen and reflect their experience in visiting Japan and the connections between our two countries. The design workshop was sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Commission, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, and the Edmonds Sister City Commission as an opportunity for youth to work with a professional artist and participate in the creation of public art for the Edmonds waterfront.
A large delegation from Hekinan will be present for the dedication and unveiling of the new plaque. The dedication will be followed immediately by a reception on the second floor of the South County Senior Center. The reception, open to the public, will feature performances by a traditional dance group from Hekinan, a calligraphy demonstration, and choral music from the Japanese women’s Echo Chorus.
The public is invited to participate in this special dedication of artwork on the waterfront at 144 Railroad Ave. and to welcome the visitors from Hekinan who will be staying in Edmonds from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2. For more information call 425-771-0230.