ANNE BLACKBURN: WITNESS
Location: Hamm Creek
Hamm Creek is a small creek that was daylighted as a result of over twenty years of effort by John Beal, a disabled veteran who singlehandedly brought the small creek back to life and convinced Seattle City Light to allow the creek to be restored through their property down to the Duwamish. His tenacious efforts helped spark early awareness of the Duwamish as a place and an ecology, rather than an industrial wasteland beyond saving.
A series of motion-sensitive wildlife cameras documented those that come to witness John Beal’s efforts and the return of wildlife to Hamm Creek. Osprey, seals, beaver, and smaller wildlife have been sighted near Hamm Creek, and the site is a frequent stop for bicyclists and neighborhood residents walking their dogs. Intended to simply and silently testify to all those that visit this now-remembered stream as a result of a single individual’s unwillingness to give up on it, Witness simply asks us to notice all the life along the Duwamish, and to not give up.