Friends honor artist’s last wishes with water ballet in a Seattle kiddie pool

As she was dying, 42-year-old Seattle artist Briar Bates directed a silly, joyful water ballet — performed in the kiddie pool at Volunteer Park after her death and starring all of her friends. (Lauren Frohne & Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Some prefer funerals, some prefer having their ashes scattered, but local artist Briar Bates chose a different way to commemorate her death — instructing her friends to perform a water ballet in the wading pool at Volunteer Park.

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