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Richmond’s Lulu Series: Art in the City examines site-specific art

09 May 2016

When designing the built environment – including transit stations, libraries, parks and anything else that is constructed – there are many opportunities to consider beyond form and function. Architects, planners and designers can work with an artist to incorporate distinct elements that add a human touch to their sites as well as impart messages and meaning into daily life.  Seattle artist Norie Sato delves into the collaboration of art and design in the next Lulu Series: Art in the City lecture on Thursday, May 19 at Richmond City Hall.

When creating for the public realm, Norie Sato starts with the site and context-driven ideas, and then finds the appropriate form and materials, striving to consider edges, transitions, culture and connections to the environment. In this way, her artistic response varies from site to site and her pieces, consequently, sometimes look as if they were created by different artists. Moreover, she creates in a variety of forms and media including sculpture, glass, plastic, metal, terrazzo floors, integrated design work, landscape, video and light.

Sato’s artwork has included both a studio practice and art for public places over the past 30 plus years and her work graces transit/transportation facilities, libraries, universities, infrastructure, parks and other civic structures. In 2014, she received the Public Art Network Leadership Award and the Washington State Governor’s Art Award for an Individual Artist. Her work can be explored at

This talk will be preceded by a short performance by 16-year-old professional yoyo competitor, Harrison Lee.

Sato’s presentation, titled “Site and Specificity: Meaning Through a Personal Lens”, is the last of three events in the 2016 Lulu Series: Art in the City program. The next series will be announced in early 2017.  For more information, visit

All Lulu Series: Art in the City events are free and start at 7 p.m. at Richmond City Hall Council Chambers, 6911 No. 3 Road. Seating is limited, so please reserve your seats by emailing