The county’s new public art installation in Esperance Park aims to inspire hope in dark times

Saturday morning saw the unveiling of a new piece of public art that forms a focal point in Snohomish County’s Esperance Park, located at 7830 222nd St. SW in unincorporated Edmonds.

Designed to take advantage of daily and seasonal changes in the intensity, character and direction of light, the sculpture is a living work of art that offers visitors the opportunity to discover and be inspired in multiple ways as they explore. interact with it under the full range of lighting and weather conditions.

Titled “Hope Grows Where Light Is Given”, the work was created by internationally renowned architect, sculptor and designer Tsovinar Muradyan. It began as a monumental piece of sandstone quarried on Valdes Island, British Columbia. The artist dug a downward sloping tunnel completely through the sandstone and positioned it to catch the natural sunlight and direct it towards the focal point of the work, a small seedling of bronze appearing to grow out of the rock. When sunlight enters the tunnel, it “meets” the bronze seedling, illuminating it and symbolizing the connection between light and life, and the power of light and hope.

The clear message to the beholder is that no matter how dark the times are, the light will eventually prevail.

“My wish is for this sculpture to engage and inspire viewers with its message,” Muradyan said while introducing the work. “Many souls have lost their light, and many seek to find it again. Hope awaits dreams, and hope grows where light is given.

The sun rose just as the work was unveiled, giving the approximately 40 government officials and citizens in attendance a direct opportunity to observe the interplay of light, form and shadow intended by the artist.

Originally from Armenia, Tsovinar Muradyan has lived in the United States for 15 years. She holds a Master of Science in Architecture and a Ph.D. in sustainable architecture. His works have been exhibited all over the world and many of them are in private collections. She resides in Lynnwood with her 6-year-old son, Areg, who attends College Place Elementary School.

The 9.6-acre Esperance Park has been a neighborhood resource since the county acquired the land from the Edmonds School District in the late 1980s. Improvements made since include accessible walking trails, an off-leash dog area , modern playground equipment, a multipurpose sports field, a Little League field and a forest playground with a zipline.

Funded by the county’s 1% for Arts program and overseen by the Snohomish County Arts Commission, Muradyan’s work will reside permanently at the intersection of the eight-pointed star-shaped walkway at Esperance Park.

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

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