Safety Spires

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Safety Spires
Photo Credit:
Lead Artist(s):

Description:
<p>The giant collection of functional power poles is transformed from invisible to visible with green and black striped patterning and are crowned with sculptural spires that gracefully taper upwards and touch the sky. The color adds a fresh and lively counterpoint to Seattle&#39;s grey skies and the industrial setting of the maintenance facility. One of the original inspirations for this artwork was a prehistoric plant indigenous to the northwest - the Equisetum Hyemale commonly known as the horsetail or Scouring Rush. The patterning on the horsetail, along with allusions to bamboo and spring growth, seemed evocative of the renewal, maintenance and caring for the system taking place at the facility. The banded pattern also reminded the artists of striped safety markings on tall poles usually painted red and black. The green safety color is a more contemporary safety color, reflecting the forward-looking nature of Sound Transit&#39;s Link Light Rail. Surrounded by maintenance equipment, meandering rails and an industrial landscape, Corson and Sato use this forest of Safety Spires to impose a sense of natural order to a seemingly chaotic site. It is a forest that belongs to the site, that grew on the site, and that is celebrated at the site.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

Streetscape
All over the city
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Seattle, Sound Transit
Carol Valenta McDonald

Barbara Luecke
Sound Transit
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
$313,870
$250,000-$499,999
Public
Painting, Sculpture
Metal, Painting
Banded paint pattern on owner-supplied poles, sculpted aluminum tips
2006
2007