Purposeful art transforms Chutney’s building

By Michael Sarko
The Capitol Hill Times
August 22nd, 2013

Where 15th Avenue meets East Mercer Street, change is now the status quo. The intersection has been home to two notable Capitol Hill businesses, one very long-lived (at least by the neighborhood’s standards). The Canterbury Ale and Eats will be gone by the end of the year, and Chutney’s Grille is already no more. This transformation, now typical in the rapidly developing 15th Avenue thoroughfare, has been the cause of some worry for proponents of a “Small Seattle,” but a unique art installation at the site of the former Chutney’s aims to ease the transition.

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CHS Pics | First in a series, Boxed Up installation unveiled on 15th Ave E

Capital Hill Seattle Blog
August 9, 2013

The effort to transform a demolition-bound restaurant into an active art installation was unveiled Thursday night at 15th Ave E and E Mercer.

CHS wrote about the Storefronts Seattle project to transform the empty Indian restaurant here last week. The Greg Lewis-designed Boxed Up project was the first in a series of three installations planned as “a riff on the Surrealist exquisite corpse game.” According to Storefronts, “the series of three installations will build on each other for the duration of the Storefronts project and be removed or become part of the demolition of the building.”

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Boxed up with Greg Lewis on 15th

Storefronts Seattle
August 2, 2013

A few months ago Storefronts was approached by Stream Real Estate, a sustainable development company in Seattle, with an intriguing prospect:  would we like to use the former Chutney’s Grille building on Capitol Hill as an installation site, with few restrictions on what we could do with the building?

The answer:  A resounding YES.

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