As first reported here last month, Sunday (April 10) will bring celebration to Nantes Park (5062 SW Admiral Way) in honor of the anniversary of Seattle’s relationship with the French city after which the park is named. Seattle Parks just announced the details:
The Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association and the City of Seattle, through Seattle Parks and Recreation, invite the community to reaffirm our Sister City relationship with Nantes, France at a park celebration on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. at Nantes Park in West Seattle, 5062 SW Admiral Way. The event welcomes delegates from Nantes and the Pays de la Loire region and celebrates the Nantes Park Beautification Project which has transformed the park into a fun, family-friendly and accessible community gathering space.
The park beautification project includes sculptures of Claude Ponti (beloved and prolific French children’s author and illustrator), a new paved, accessible walkway with more Ponti art embedded in the cement, and an art tile project embedded in the park’s seat wall designed by students from Nantes and Seattle. Some work is not yet complete due to the concrete strike, but visitors to the park can see examples of Claude Ponti’s fantasy world and future park elements.
Ponti draws on his experience with Jardin des Plantes and Parc de la Beaujoire in Nantes and brings his French-influenced art to Parc de Nantes in Seattle, symbolizing the intersection of the two cultures. The Parc de Nantes also represents Ponti’s first art installation to be presented in the United States.
The Nantes park project is part of a year-long celebration on both sides of the Atlantic recognizing the 42nd anniversary of Seattle’s sister city relationship with Nantes. The park project is led by the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association (SNSCA) in partnership with the Admiral Neighborhood Association, and is funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the City of Nantes, the West Seattle Garden Tour and volunteers. More information on the Seattle-Nantes Sister City association, the Nantes Park project and the events planned to commemorate the 42nd anniversary are available at www.seattle-nantes.org.
The park beautification project mentioned above has been a community-driven process over the past few years.