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Allison Anderson - November 01 2021

Massive Outdoor Installation, #LookUpSeattle

See hope, larger than life

SEATTLE (November 1, 2021) — Massive portraits of the city’s unsheltered community will take center stage this week when Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission presents “Angels: Lost and Found,” an outdoor exhibit that will use the cityscape as its background. The multi-media installation incorporates photography, video, and music to tell a story of hope amid the city’s seemingly bleak homelessness crisis.

The exhibit explores the inter-related themes of homelessness, humanity, and hope, with video and intimate portraits of Seattle’s homeless neighbors, projected onto the facades of buildings and landmarks around the city. The installation features a series of men and women in stages of the recovery journey who have faced years of trauma, addiction, untreated mental health issues, and broken family systems—spotlighting that hope is possible.

“The potential for this installation is profound,” says Richard McAdams, a featured subject of “Angels” who found himself living on Seattle’s streets after turning to alcohol, heroin, and meth to escape years of abuse. “Because it shows the power of hope, which enabled me to ask for the assistance that transformed my life,” he added. Richard is now a Mission employee who serves the homeless on the street.

The powerful imagery of Seattle’s neighbors in need was captured by photographers Lee Jeffries, an impassioned global photographer of individuals living on the street, and Francis Catania and Shawn Michienzi, highly-regarded commercial photographers. The installation incorporates music performed by Star Anna, a celebrated Seattle-based musical artist.

Angels: Lost and Found” will be presented at locations across Seattle from November 4–6. Follow us on social media with the event hashtag, #LookUpSeattle.

Dates and locations

Join us as landmarks across Seattle light up with faces of our neighbors who escaped homelessness and addiction. 

Thursday, November 4

  • 7:30PM-8:00PM S Main St & 2nd Ave S
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM 2nd Ave & Blanchard St

Friday, November 5

  • 6:30PM-7:00PM 1st Ave S & Edgar Martinez Dr S
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM Union St & Western Ave
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM 2nd Ave & Virginia St
  • 9:30PM-10:00PM 1st Ave & Blanchard St

Saturday, November 6th

  • 6:30PM-7:00PM Thomas St & Westlake Ave N
  • 7:30PM-8:00PM Columbia St & Alaskan Way
  • 8:30PM-9:00PM Denny Way & Aurora Ave
  • 9:30PM-10:00PM 1045 Occidental Ave S
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