'Huitzilopochtli 2336' by Ruben David

September 2, 2016 - October 1, 2017  •  John C. Little, Sr. Park  •  Free public event on Saturday, October 1, 2016 

Part of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s 2016 Art InterruptionsHuitzilopochtli 2336 was a multi-media installation showcasing the Rufous hummingbird. The Rufous is a migratory bird that travels thousands of miles annually from Mexico to its summer breeding grounds in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the most fearless and ruthless of all North American hummingbirds, they echo the fierce Mexica (Aztec) god of warfare and sunlight, Huitzilopochtli (wē′tsə-lō-pōch′tlē). 

An audio component that featured the natural sounds of the Rufous hummingbirds (courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) accompanied the installation. 

Intended to be on display until January 2, 2016, the installation was destroyed, rebuilt, and extended a full year until October 1, 2017. 

Huitzilopochtli 2336


Rufous Hummingbird Information


Art Interruptions, an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture, is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.  

Special thanks to: City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (Marcia & Liz), 2016 Public Art Book Camp Cohorts, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Parks and Recreation (Nick & Bill), David at Fremont Laser and Design, the Capitol Hill Tool Library, the staff at Pacific Supply, the Museo Nacional de Antropología - INAH, the Museo del Templo Mayor - INAH, the staff at the University of Washington Division of Student Life, Mexico City cultural research team (Marcie, Tanya, Kat, Lorenzo, Martha, Ani, Ed), the Rodriguez family, the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Jesse for letting me borrow his pen.