While trendspotting In 2007, I became interested in the rise of global events utilizing high-tech projection mapping and special effects lighting to generate urban energy and tourism. Lyon's Fetes de Lumieres emerged as the most significant event in this category and was my greatest inspiration of what could be achieved. Contact with key French personnel who were involved with the Lyon production provided advisory guidance over several years on how to bring an aspect of the concept to life in Seattle.
After analyzing the major ports on the West and East Coasts, I determined that Seattle's Pier 86 Grain Terminal was unique in its proximity/location to residential neighborhoods and downtown area. This made it an ideal candidate for beautification > to turn it from an eyesore into a visual harbor asset delighting viewers day(graphic art) & night.(decorative lighting). All other grain terminals at other ports were in industrial sections a significant distance from downtown centers.
heather lowe DESIGN hired leading lighting designer Sid Genette, principal of Lighting Designs and designer Paula Rees, owner of Maestri to collaborate as a team to create an art + lighting concept titled "The Granary" The initial presentation was to Port of Seattle staff in December 2007 and a formal presentation was made to Port Executive Tay Yoshitani in June 2008. Approval was given to proceed to develop the final design and obtain full non-Port funding. Funding could not be raised during the great recession of 2008-2010 to execute.