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Shoreline artist’s felt sculptures occupy City Hall lobby

Post Date:12/18/2018

Mimi Sturman

The Diminishing Surface of Winter Slips Away Like Teardrops
Shoreline Artist: Mimi Sturman

Mimi Sturman spent two years working on a large-scale installation of felt sculptures, her largest artwork to date, with a footprint of about 90 square feet, that are now installed in the south side of City Hall lobby (17500 Midvale Ave N.). With much of her work involving narrative, Sturman created a contemporary myth about the changing natural world and the melting of polar ice. In The Diminishing Surface of Winter Slips Away Like Teardrops, two giant squid wear the coats made for them by the local people, the Inuit. The ice is breaking up around them and their possessions are floating away. The underlying message of concern is balanced by the artwork’s beauty and impressive scale. 

Sturman can be heard reading the myth in a short video by Public Art intern Samantha Blanchard (Shorecrest H.S. student) at

The installation is on view Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 5:00, from now until February 28, 2019, when the city’s Public Art Program will host a Closing Celebration from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

More Information:;; 206-801-2661

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