Photo headshot of artist Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello's integrated, sound-based artwork was installed in June 2021 and is located on the floating dock of the new Pier 62.

Land Buoy Bells was installed in June 2021. Photo courtesy of the Office of Arts & Culture
Land Buoy Bells was installed in June 2021. Photo courtesy of the Office of Arts & Culture | Click to enlarge
Illustration of land buoy bells by Nicole Lee
Illustration by Nicole Lee | Click to enlarge

Artist Statement

Land Buoy Bells uses industrial materials – steel tank ends - and transforms them into a set of five instruments. The bell-like objects are struck at various moments as energy is stored up in an engineered device driven by the rise and fall of the waters that encompass the floating dock. The goal is to create sounds and rhythms that harmonize with the ongoing life on the waterfront, including voices, natural, environmental and industrial sounds.

Stephen Vitiello would like toacknowledge the project team of Fabrication Specialties, Ltd. and Stuart Kendall, Engineer for their work on Land Buoy Bells. He also extends thank yous to Mutuus Studios (Kristen and Saul Becker)and Eric Fredericksen.

"The Seattle Waterfront is beautiful and ever-changing-misty, then sunny, then rainy. It inspired the idea of a piece that would be environmentally played, that would change with the weather and tides."