Seven months after theatres, concert halls and museums shut down in Seattle because of the COVID pandemic, we check in with two Seattle arts leaders – Michael Greer of ArtsFund, and Josh Labelle of the Seattle Theatre Group. More than 70 percent of Seattle artists are currently out of work, and the city’s arts institutions are hunkered down trying to survive.
Various schemes were proposed to save the rock garden that the Walkers built, a mosaic landscape of river rock, lava rock, agates, thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, beach glass, and whatever else caught their eyes. The Walkers’ vision was at once exuberant and serene, outsider art without the dark side. But now it is mostly demolished.