Project:  The Downtown Seattle Association approached Rainier with an idea for an interactive art installation that would inspire unity as Seattle moves towards recovery. As we plan for a world with less restrictions, Holding Hope is a series that has encouraged hopefulness for local small businesses, patrons, and visitors. 

Scope:  Starting with just a simple black and white icon, our challenge was to produce dimensional structures that would provoke thoughtful donations towards the Pikes Place Market Foundation with a simple selfie and use of the hashtag #HoldingHopeSeattle. Our design team developed unique color schemes and intricate patterns to give each of the seven statues more character.

The six-foot sculptures are two hands holding one another to form the shape of a heart. The waterjet cut aluminum plates were welded together at our in-house metal shop and powder coated to protect them from the weather. The graphics are a printed vinyl with a graffiti-free laminate, made in our Seattle facility. Each piece was packaged in 100% recyclable materials and delivered in two parts for easier assembly.

The seven sculptures were produced in just one week and each interactive art piece took less than twenty minutes to install. Today, people can take selfies with the sculptures and post with the hashtag Holding Hope Seattle. For each post (up to 500 across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) the Downtown Seattle Associations partner will donate $10 to the Pike Place Market Foundation.”

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