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Celeste Cooning, a Seattle artist who is known for her installations of cut paper, rolls up a sample piece in City Hall during planning for next week's "Get Married at Seattle City Hall" same-sex wedding celebration. Registration has already been capped at 140 couples for the event, happening next Sunday. Cooning creates large installation pieces by carefully cutting large pieces of paper with an X-Acto knife, a type of artwork she started doing while getting her master's degree in painting at the University of Washington. "We're trying to figure out how to make an intimate space," Cooning said of the City Hall transformation. There will be five "chapel" stations for weddings, and design artist Jennifer Zeyl is coordinating how to create each space with Cooning's pieces.