You may know Emily Perchlik as a former Fleet Feet team member, maybe the Tuesday or Thursday night run leader, perhaps even as a training program coach or mentor, but did you know that when Emily isn't running she is pursuing other creative pursuits? Emily is an artist and architect and has recently combined the two and her running, to put together an exhibit that is now on display at The Seattle Design Festival.
"The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Citizens, city leaders and experts all come together at workshops, tours, talks, films and gatherings to exchange ideas. This year, the Seattle Design Festival explores the ways design moves us. From place to place, frame to frame, present to future—design is the vehicle of innovation." -Design in Public
Emily Perchlik, Hillbilly runner
and former Fleet Feet employee has her Master of Architecture thesis on exhibit in the American Institute of Architects gallery for the festival. The focus of her exhibit, Runners' World,
is on the connections between infrastructure, architecture, and the community of runners. The project began with a canoe outing on Union Bay under the never connected off ramps of the SR-520 bridge at the Washington Arboretum. There can be found a practice kayak slalom strung between the columns, teens jumping off one of the ramps, and runners ducking under the belly of the freeway itself. This juxtaposition of natural and infrastructural and the activation of the space between through outdoor activity spurred the idea to translate this potential to a larger scale. Models, maps, and drawings investigate and integrate the landscape of I-5 highway infrastructure and the city to create social spaces with runners at the forefront as exemplary city navigators.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free opening reception
for the exhibit on Friday, September 12th from 5-7. The party will continue with Move This Way
, a progressive dance party put on by the festival that starts around the corner from the exhibit at 7pm.
The Runners' World exhibit will be on display all September and October from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday.