Lee Cotts photographs of the Seattle Gas Works are crafted with a sense of delicacy to portray extraordinary beauty in familiar, ordinary and conventional structures.
Industrial Gothic The Seattle Gas Works will run at the Griffin Gallery
from December 10 through January 3, 2020.
I have always been drawn to the monumentality of structures such as these; initially to the magnificent grain elevators that rise above the plains of the midwest and now more recently to these stunning industrial forms in Seattle. The Seattle Gas Works are structural marvels that have an enduring visual interest for me on two scales, for their sheer enormity and for their careful attention to minute detail. These structures are the sole survivors of this era of gas works in the United States. As well, they are a unique landmark for the City of Seattle. They are well-known in the preservation community as outstanding examples of industrial archeology, adaptive reuse and urban landscape design.
Lee Cott studied architecture at Pratt Institute and Harvard University. After a 45-year career as a founding principal at Bruner/Cott & Assoc., Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts and professor at Harvards Graduate School of Design, he now dedicates his time to photography. Lee has studied at the New England School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Lee has lectured on architecture and urban design at Harvard University, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, the Graham Foundation and the Boston Public Library. He has been published in Design and Environment magazine and has exhibited in numerous group shows, including the Concord Art Association, Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, and the Krakow Witkin Gallerys Annual AIDS Benefit Auction. Cott will be exhibiting a solo exhibition of his recent work at the Concord Public Library.