Christopher Ezzell
Occidental Square Tea House

Aug 2, 2010   |   12 & 5:30pm
Occidental Park, Seattle

Aug 3, 2010   |   12 & 5:30pm
Occidental Park, Seattle

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Christopher Ezzell, with help from the Seattle Branch of the Urasenke Foundation, will create a freestanding and portable tea house in Occidental Park using recycled 2-liter plastic bottles.  The tea house is a demonstration/performance piece following the Japanese tradition of Chanoyu (tea ceremony).

In the spirit of a traditional tea house, this tea house is a light ephemeral structure, so that, while inside, one’s senses are heightened.  Natural and urban vibrations, wind, sounds of people and cars, light and smell will filter into the space.  Here we will experience a focus of the here and now, not seek to block them out.

The Occidental Square Tea House is part of the artSparks 2010 program.  To learn more about what is going on in Occidental Park this summer, please visit the artSparks 2010 website.

Photo courtesy of artist.


Christopher Ezzell, AIA, is an architect and a student of tea.  After graduating Rhode Island School of Design, Chris practiced architecture in New York City for fifteen years, then moved to Seattle. In 2004 Chris founded e workshop, an architecture and design studio on Vashon Island. He has studied Japanese garden design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design and in Seattle serves as a member of the advisory council for the Japanese Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum. He is a devoted student of tea at the Urasenke Foundation Seattle Branch.