New Terrace Overlook Underway

IMG_20140816_112209Construction of the ishigaki for the Terrace Overlook, the latest development at Kubota Garden, is complete. The Overlook will include a stone platform and modest shelter structure, integrated paths, and landscaping. It will rest at the north end of the Kubota Garden Terrace above the Spring Pond, providing a much-needed informal event space and casual viewing area.

Rock, People, Chisels – Ishigaki Workshop

The 8-foot high “ishi-gaki” stone base was constructed using over 300 tons of High Cascade granite during a two week workshop with 20 participants, August 7-20, 2014 – a community effort and rich East-West cultural experience. Junji and Suminori Awata, 14th and 15th generation stone masons from the Ano-shu lineage in Japan conducted the workshop, assisted by local stone mason, artist, and translator Kentaro Kojima of Marenakos Rock Center.

See the video about the event “Rock, People, Chisels” and coverage of the first day on Evening Magazine.

The public is invited to come see the completed ishigaki. There is no admission charge, though donations to the Kubota Garden Foundation are welcomed. You can Donate Today! by clicking on the button at the top of this page. (Please note: “Terrace Overlook” in the Comments field of the on-line form so your contribution goes to the proper fund.)

Now that the base is complete, the shelter structure and landscaping will be installed. The new Terrace Overlook will be dedicated in Spring 2015.

Many thanks to the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, 4 Culture, Seattle Parks Foundation, Marenakos Rock Center, and CalPortland, dozens of donors and volunteers.