Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks

The Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks is a public park, storm water detention dam and Modernist "masterpiece" of environmental art located in Kent, Washington, United States.[1] The earthworks was created by Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer in 1982 and designated a landmark by King County Landmarks Commission in 2008.[2] The earthworks site covers 2.5 acres (1.0 ha).[3][4]

Mill Creek Earthworks Park
TypePublic park
LocationKent, Washington, Washington, United States
Coordinates47°22′59″N 122°13′26″W / 47.383°N 122.224°W / 47.383; -122.224Coordinates: 47°22′59″N 122°13′26″W / 47.383°N 122.224°W / 47.383; -122.224
Area2.5 acres (1.0 ha)

In 2008, the earthworks was upgraded to handle a 10,000-year flood by raising the dam approximately 2 feet (0.61 m).[5]

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  1. ^ MICD25 Spotlight on Kent, Washington, National Endowment for the Arts, December 16, 2010, archived from the original on March 9, 2013, retrieved 2012-10-09
  2. ^ Sheila Farr (May 4, 2008), "Kent's Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks is designated a historic landmark", The Seattle Times, retrieved 2012-10-09
  3. ^ Sheila Farr (September 7, 2007), "Work of art, work of Earth", The Seattle Times, retrieved 2012-10-09
  4. ^ Beardsley, John (1998), Earthworks and Beyond, New York: Abbeville Press, p. 94, ISBN 0789202964
  5. ^ Steve Hunter (July 21, 2008), "Earthworks Park the subject of ... earthwork", Kent Reporter, retrieved 2012-10-09

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