Thresholds - Bradly Gunn & Frances Nelson Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Kent
  • August 4, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: On-Site Reception
  • August 4, 2013 - September 29, 2013: Installation Open
  • September 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm On-Site Reception
  • September 29, 2013 - Exhibit Ends

Location

Kent is located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways. It is the sixth largest city in Washington, and rests in the Green River Valley with views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

About Thresholds

There are currently 89 unmarked graves in Saar Cemetery, each unable to inform visitors of the individual buried there and the role they played in Kent history. Collaborative artists Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn will give those unidentified grave sites an emblematic marker using a series of ‘thresholds,’ or doorways. These wooden armatures will each be unique and will identify resting places of Kent’s founding pioneers.

Event Admission: FREE

About the Artist - Bradly Gunn & Frances Nelson

Trained as both artists and architects, Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn are interested in creating work that is engaging, compelling and beautiful. Their installation projects explore the use of simple, straightforward materials in conjunction with manual and digital fabrication techniques. Together they focus on creating work that makes for better spaces, and ultimately, better experiences.

Frances Nelson earned a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington. She is a practicing artist as well as a designer with Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects in Seattle.

Bradly Gunn earned his professional degree in architecture and studied fine arts at Washington State University. He is the founder of RAWSCHACH, an art and design studio, where he develops creative work as a means to engage the public on issues of art and design.

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About Saar Pioneer Cemetery

The Saar Pioneer Cemetery is the final resting place for many Kent area pioneers. Of the approximately 200 buried here, including five Civil War veterans, there are 89 graves with no existing headstones. Burial remains from 1873 through 1949 include many infants, some suicides, a murder victim, as well as deaths from childbirth, drowning, disease, and old age. Diverse cultures and religions are represented here. Research and writings by local residents can be found in the South King County Genealogical Society publication, A History of Saar Pioneer Cemetery and Its Inhabitants.

Image by Bradly Nelson & Frances Gunn
Artists Bradly Gunn and Frances Nelson
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Location

Kent is located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways. It is the sixth largest city in Washington, and rests in the Green River Valley with views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

  • Image by Bradly Nelson & Frances Gunn