Artist Projects

Mini Mart City Park


SuttonBeresCuller

The Mini Mart City Park is a community-focused, brownfield revitalization project that will transform and re-purpose a former gas station into a pocket park, public sculpture and community center. This multifaceted project is blurring the boundaries between public art, architecture, environmental activism and green design. The site will be transformed both visually and functionally, working with concepts like urban forests and environmental sustainability, re-inscribing them as art into the domain of everyday life. Mini Mart City Park is a vision of what happens when the urban landscape is given back to nature and the community that inhabits it. The structure, while keeping the aesthetic of a corner convenience store, will be converted into not only a truly “green” building, but also a living work of art. This project aims to provide a potential new model for small site brownfield remediation and a multi-purpose public green space available to the community.

Project Updates

  • 2013: The site for the project was formally purchased on April 10th. The project’s home, 6525 Ellis Ave South, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, is a vacant corner lot with a derelict, condemned building that sits across the street from Boeing Field. A gas station built in the early 30’s, Perovich Bros. stored fuel for Boeing during the Second World War. Two 20-thousand gallon underground storage tanks were buried on the lot in addition to the standard tanks under the pumps in the front of the station. It survived as a family owned gas station until it went out of business in the 70’s due to the Arab Oil Embargo. It then became a drycleaners, further lending to the soil’s toxicity. The building has been sporadically occupied since the mid 80’s and vacant for the last 8 years. Touring the Puget Sound area in search of a pilot site for our project, we came across scores of these abandoned properties primarily in poorer neighborhoods. The social, economic, environmental and health benefits of parks are widely known. Coupled with the social and economic benefits of a vibrant local art scene and community organizations, this project will prove to be an invaluable resource for the community.

  • Artists

    SuttonBeresCuller

    SuttonBeresCuller is a trio of artists (Ben Beres, Zac Culler and John Sutton) who met in the late 90’s at Cornish College of the Arts where th…

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    Ben Beres

    Ben Beres is a member of SuttonBeresCuller, a multi-disciplinary collaboration which engages viewers through sculpture, performance, public…

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    Zac Culler

    Zac Culler is a member of SuttonBeresCuller, a multi-disciplinary collaboration which engages viewers through sculpture, performance, publi…

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    John Sutton

    John Sutton is a member of SuttonBeresCuller, a multi-disciplinary collaboration which engages viewers through sculpture, performance, publ…

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  • Events

    Oct 07 – Oct 07, 2018
    Liz Glynn Presents "The Archaeology of Another Possible Future"



    Nov 17 – Apr 15, 2018
    Ben Thorp Brown Presents "Gropius Memory Palace"



    Jan 27 – Mar 31, 2018
    Zach Blas Brings His CC Project "Contra-Internet" to Art in General



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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