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Sempervivum, Tacoma’s Newest Public Artwork to be Dedicated November 10th

The public is invited to celebrate Tacoma’s newest public artwork, Sempervivum by Tacoma artist Lisa Kinoshita, in a dedication ceremony Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 pm. Join the Tacoma Arts Commission and Metro Parks Tacoma to learn more about the piece, meet the artist, and enjoy refreshments. The artwork is located on Metro Parks’ new STAR Center on SERA Campus at 3873 S. 66th Street. The dedication will be held in Journey Hall inside STAR Center.

 “It has been rewarding to work with the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program on this project, helping to increase public art opportunities for Tacoma artists and increase art in our parks for everyone to enjoy,” said Tareena Joubert, Manager of Cultural & Community Services for Metro Parks. “Lisa has been a delight to work with and her zest to create amazing and meaningful artwork for this community is impressive.”

Sempervivum (Latin for ever + living), a trio of large botanically-reminiscent forms combining steel, live sedum plants, and green roof technology, was inspired by the natural history of the STAR Center site. The area, which originally was covered by extensive wetlands, was home to elk and flocks of migratory waterfowl and was affectionately known as “The South Tacoma Swamp”. But, as the region industrialized and became an important commercial link for the railroads, the wetlands were filled in.

“My outdoor art installation pays tribute to the wetlands during its early-20th century heyday,” said artist Lisa Kinoshita. “This sculpture trilogy seeks to link the past to the future, celebrates South Tacoma's fascinating natural heritage and highlights the sensitive balance between humans and their surroundings.”
Lisa Kinoshita is an artist and jeweler who lives and works in Tacoma. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Fife Historical Museum, Vetri Gallery, Fulcrum Gallery, Kittredge Gallery, Woolworth Windows, and other regional venues. She was a 2011 nominee for the “Contemporary Northwest Art Awards” at the Portland Art Museum and was the 2010 recipient of the Foundation of Art Award from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. 

Metro Parks’ 32,000‐square‐foot STAR Center opened in April 2012 and is on track to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver status. The Center is situated on SERA Campus at the corner of S. 66th and Adams with Gray Middle School and the Boys & Girls Club Topping HOPE Center. The facility itself features state-of-the-art fitness rooms, an indoor/outdoor children’s playground area, music and dance studio, performance hall, community spaces and a teaching kitchen. Its proximity to the school and Boys & Girls Club allows all three partners to provide shared resources to the community. The Center serves as a hub for Metro Parks’ adaptive and specialized recreation programs for those with physical and developmental disabilities. Programs and events for all ages and abilities – including drop-in fitness classes, ballroom dance lessons, visual and performing arts classes, senior programs, special community events and more – are also available at the Center.  

Sempervivum is a $25,000 commission, made possible through a partnership between Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: In Depth program which trained a cohort of professional Tacoma artists with best practices and hands-on experience working in the field of public art. Artists in the PA:ID program had the opportunity to compete for meaningful public art projects with Metro Parks, Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma.

More information about STAR Center can be found at

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