Sculpture exhibition atop Cougar Mountain opens Saturday

July 9, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Shirley Wiebe, of Vancouver, British Columbia, builds her ‘Broken Arrow’ sculpture Thursday at Radar Park on Cougar Mountain, as Center on Contemporary Art Curator David Francis stops by to see her progress. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 6 a.m. July 9, 2010

Sculptures sprouted in the Issaquah Alps on Thursday, as artists assembled a temporary exhibition at a trailhead and a defunct missile base atop Cougar Mountain.

King County Parks and Recreation collaborated with Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art to install more than a dozen sculptures at Anti-Aircraft Peak and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The temporary exhibition — called “Overgrowth & Understory” — runs from Saturday until Oct. 2. The parks department and CoCA plan a public reception at Anti-Aircraft Peak from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

Though park goers can take up to four hours to see the entire exhibition, a shorter walking tour can be accomplished in as few as 15 minutes.

Before the county turned the land into a park, the U.S. Army maintained a Nike Ajax missile site on the mountain to protect the Puget Sound region from possible Soviet attack — hence the name Anti-Aircraft Peak.

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