Guide to art: Link light rail
Creating a sense of place
Sound Transit's art collection creates welcoming and engaging environments at stations and transit facilities throughout Central Puget Sound. Artists with a diverse range of style, scale and perspective create positive experiences for riders and visitors.
Enjoy these artworks as points of interest along your Link light rail journey. Learn more at soundtransit.org/STart.
All works and images contained on this webpage are protected by the artists' copyright; all rights reserved.
Featured artwork: © Dan Corson, Space Forms, 2016, all rights reserved
University of Washington
3796 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle
© Leo Saul Berk, Subterranium, 2016, all rights reserved
Subterranium by Leo Saul Berk – located between the mezzanines
By cutting geology inspired hatch-patterns into the walls and ceiling of the 110-foot deep station, Berk created the experience of an underground planetarium.
Capitol Hill Station
100 Broadway East, Seattle
© Mike Ross, Jet Kiss, 2016, all rights reserved
Jet Kiss by Mike Ross – located on the platform
Ross transformed two retired Navy jets into organic forms that almost meet for a kiss above the station platform.
© Ellen Forney, Crossed Pinkies, 2016, all rights reserved
© Ellen Forney, Walking Fingers, 2016, all rights reserved
Crossed Pinkies and Walking Fingers by Ellen Forney – located at the north and west entrances
The station's large entry murals are an outgrowth from a series of Forney's paintings that feature hands in a variety of gestures, using forms that are spare yet graphically powerful.
Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel
Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, Seattle
The DSTT was built in 1989 by King County Metro for easy bus access to Seattle's downtown core, and for the region's future light rail system. Each station's unique look results from 25 artists collaborating with the design and construction teams.
More than 30 artworks are installed in and around the tunnel stations.
Operations and Maintenance Facility
Airport Way and Forest Street, Seattle
© Western Neon, R-ail, 2009, all rights reserved
R-ail by Western Neon - located on the building facade
The iconic "R" from the Rainier Brewery plant that once stood at Forest Street and Airport Way was salvaged and now finds new life on the light rail maintenance facility building. (Rainier R used with permission.)
© Dan Corson and Norie Sato, Safety Spires, 2007, all rights reserved
Safety Spires, by Dan Corson and Norie Sato - located at the train yard
Taking advantage of the need for over 100 power poles at the maintenance facility, the artists brought this system element to the forefront through color and sculptural attachments, transforming the poles into a collection of horsetail reeds.
© Ries Niemi, Eat, Drink and Be Merry, 2009, all rights reserved
Eat, Drink and Be Merry by Ries Niemi – located at Forest Street and Airport Way
A trio of tensile steel sculptures was inspired by shopping, dining and entertainment in the downtown retail core. Because of University Link construction, the artwork was relocated to the Link Operations and Maintenance Facility in SoDo.
Lander Street and Busway, Seattle
© Michael Davis, Made in USA, 2009, all rights reserved
Made in USA by Michael Davis – located in the plaza
The station's industrial surroundings are reflected in a gateway comprised of an L-square and carpenter's pencil accompanied by custom I-beam benches.
Beacon Hill Station
at Beacon Avenue and Lander Street, Seattle
© Bill Bell, What the Naked Molerat Saw, 2009, all rights reserved
What the Naked Molerat Saw by Bill Bell – visible approaching tunnel platform
Riders approaching the Beacon Hill platform can see a flash of playing cards through the train windows and decide whether they have a good hand that day. Random images change throughout the day.
© Dan Corson, Space Forms, 2009, all rights reserved
Space Forms by Dan Corson – located on the platforms
Brightly colored translucent sculptures suspended over the waiting area ask the questions: Are these forms giant floating creatures in space? Microscopic creatures floating under a microscope?
© Dan Corson, Portals, 2009, all rights reserved
Portals by Dan Corson – located on the platform concourse
The questioning of scale and origin continues in a wall of portals with images from the Hubble telescope, a microscope and the deep sea.
© Carl Smool, Common Threads-Community Patterns, 2009, all rights reserved
Common Threads-Community Patterns by Carl Smool – located on the plaza
Textile patterns from the cultures and heritage of Beacon Hill residents appear in etched "carpets" in the plaza's granite walkway, announcing the station entrance. An Aztec-patterned vent screen on the north wall is dedicated to El Centro de La Raza, which provided its title: The Mexica Journey… A Beacon: Unidad, Resistencia and Hope.
Mount Baker Station
Rainier Avenue and McClellan Street, Seattle
© Guy Kemper, Rain, Steam and Speed, 2009, all rights reserved
© Guy Kemper, Seattle Sunrise, 2009, all rights reserved
Rain, Steam and Speed and Seattle Sunrise by Guy Kemper – located on the platform level
Vibrant blown glass colors are a counterpoint to Seattle's grey and blue skies for both train riders and the surrounding Mount Baker neighborhood.
© Sheila Klein, Sky Within, 2009, all rights reserved
Sky Within by Sheila Klein – located on the plaza level
The underbelly of the train guideway becomes a 400-foot-long community plaza with six chandeliers made of repurposed cobra-head street lights. The lights subtly shift colors throughout the evening onto a ceiling painted in urban camouflage.
© Barbara Earl Thomas, How the Crow Created the World with Lightning, 2009, all rights reserved
How the Crow Created the World with Lightning by Barbara Earl Thomas – located at MLK and Walden Street
Considering a neighborhood filled with churches, the constant presence of crows and the electrical station that her artwork would shield, the artist conceived a narrative in which crows harnessed lighting into their beaks, from which flowed a landscape of mountains, trees and water.
© Peter Reiquam, Lead Artist, Cultural Storyboards, 2009, all rights reserved
Cultural Storyboards by Peter Reiquam, Lead Artist – located on MLK between Henderson and Walden Streets
Lead artist Peter Reiquam worked with five artists from diverse backgrounds to translate their drawings addressing culture, community, change and journey into laser-cut metal banners. (Contributing artists: Joe Feddersen, James Jaxxa, Chris Silva, Dionne Haroutunian, Sultan Mohammed)
Columbia City Station
MLK and Edmunds Street, Seattle
© Juan Alonso, Garden Windows, 2009, all rights reserved
Garden Windows by Juan Alonso – located on the SE Plaza, Edmunds Street
Organic, plant-like forms illustrate the nature of all things to reach out. A human circulatory system, a freeway system, rivers and roots, all start with a central spine that branches out in different directions. The windows subtly invite riders to "branch out" and explore.
© Norie Sato, Pride, 2009, all rights reserved
Pride by Norie Sato – located on the NW Plaza, Alaska Street
Stone, brick and bronze lions from many cultures guard the entrance of the station's south plaza, ensuring a safe, welcoming journey for patrons. Included is a hand-carved brick lion made in collaboration with master brick carver Mara Smith.
© Victoria Fuller, Global Garden Shovel, 2009, all rights reserved
Global Garden Shovel by Victoria Fuller – located at the NW Plaza, Alaska Street
Gardening and cultivation are universal. Plants, fruits and vegetables from around-the-world intertwine to form a 36-foot-tall bronze shovel digging into the landscape, symbolizing new beginnings and new possibilities.
© Gale McCall, A Relic in the Garden, 2009, all rights reserved
A Relic in the Garden by Gale McCall – located on the platform
Through bronze magnifying glasses and baskets, station visitors are invited to explore a neighborhood of converging cultures and to gather ideas and information about the world.
© Richard C. Elliott, Sound of Light, 2009, all rights reserved
Sound of Light by Richard C. Elliott – located at MLK and Hudson Street
Using sequential panels of primary colors and reflective geometric patterns, the artist created a composition that makes up an ever-changing visual symphony.
MLK and Othello Street, Seattle
© Roger Shimomura, Rainier Valley Haiku, 2009, all rights reserved
Rainier Valley Haiku by Roger Shimomura – located on the NE Plaza, Myrtle Street
Is our culture becoming a melting pot or a tossed salad? Is one condition preferable to the other? The artist asks these questions in a 13-foot-tall sculpture of stacked objects that stimulates public interpretations about immigrant culture in America.
© Brian Goldbloom, Stormwater Project, 2009, all rights reserved
Stormwater Project by Brian Goldbloom – located on the platform
Inspired by stonework included in Japan's Osaka Castle, eight artist-designed granite stormwater catch basins are integrated both physically and visually into the station. Each piece includes a unique design of water channels interlaced with everyday objects.
© Augusta Asberry, Come Dance With Me, 2009, all rights reserved
Come Dance With Me by Augusta Asberry – located on the SE Plaza, Othello Street
These lyrical and flowing figures grew out of the artist's passion for dress designing coupled with an interest in African art. Viewers are invited to feel the movement of the dancers and listen for the silent beat guiding the flow of their motion. Artist Keith Haynes completed the painting portion after Asberry's death.
© Norie Sato and Dan Corson, Reeds and Bangles, 2009, all rights reserved
Reeds and Bangles by Norie Sato and Dan Corson – located on MLK between Henderson and Walden Streets
The tops of the Overhead Contact System poles along the MLK Corridor resemble reeds bending in an eastern breeze. Poles on either side of each station are wrapped with metal "bangles," visually indicating the approaching station.
Rainier Beach Station
MLK and Henderson Street, Seattle
© Buster Simpson, Parable, 2009, all rights reserved
Parable by Buster Simpson – located on the NE Plaza, Henderson Street
Set in the orchard-like plaza landscaping, the still-life sculpture resembles a bowl of pears and wrecking balls, morphed into one. Parable provides an allegorical reference to the ordered urban landscape and the dynamically changing city.
© Darlene Nguyen–Ely, Dragonfly, 2009, all rights reserved
Dragonfly by Darlene Nguyen–Ely – located on the north platform
Nguyen-Ely drew inspiration from the station's architectural elements to create a figure caught in flight. The large, winged sculpture conjures flight imagery, wind, architecture and the artist's own immigrant experiences.
© Eugene Parnell, Increment, 2009, all rights reserved
Increment by Eugene Parnell – located on the platform
Four bronze columns line the station platform. Their feature reliefs depict height comparisons and measuring systems from around the world. The sculptures invite the public to interact, see how they "measure up" and to consider the use of information to quantify and explain the natural world around us.
© Mauricio Robalino, Flores, Fishmobile Crossing, Pinwheel mosaic and gate, 2009, all rights reserved
Flores, Fishmobile Crossing, Pinwheel mosaic and gate by Mauricio Robalino – located on the south platform, power station
Large glass mosaics inspired by the artist's Ecuadoran textile background adorn the substation and service building, which evolve to a metal pattern on an adjacent gate.
© Norie Sato and Dan Corson, Blue Lights Over Duwamish, 2009, all rights reserved
Blue Lights Over Duwamish by Norie Sato and Dan Corson – located at Duwamish River and East Marginal Way, Tukwila
Trains crossing the Duwamish River trigger a glowing blue line of lights on the bridge, creating a light show that plays off the bridge and the water below.
Tukwila/International Blvd Station
International Blvd and S 154th Street, Tukwila
© Tad Savinar, A Molecule of the Region, A Drop of Sustenance and Voices of Tukwila, 2009, all rights reserved
A Molecule of the Region, A Drop of Sustenance and Voices of Tukwila by Tad Savinar – located on the platform, suspended over the Mezzanine
The artist worked with the community to reveal the city's identity and connect transit users to Tukwila using sculpture and integrated artwork. The voices of the community are spread throughout the station via granite pavers. Two suspended sculptures illustrate the core of Tukwila and living water, the element that provides sustenance for all creatures that pass through the region.
© Clark Wiegman, Soundings, 2009, all rights reserved
Soundings by Clark Wiegman – located in the plaza
An abstracted hazelnut was inspired by the Duwamish name for Tukwila, k'ap'uxac, which means "place of hazelnuts." A blue ribbon of light along the neck of the sculpture traces the pattern of the Duwamish River as it passes through the City of Tukwila.
© Norie Sato and Dan Corson, Shimmering Shadowlines, 2009, all rights reserved
Shimmering Shadowlines by Norie Sato and Dan Corson – located on Hwy 518 between I-5 and Hwy 99, Tukwila
Recalling the well-known Sparkletts water delivery trucks, strips of mylar disks create shimmering panels that call attention to and celebrate the architecturally refined guideway columns while reducing their visual mass.
International Blvd and S 176th Street, SeaTac
© Werner Klotz, Flying Sails, 2009, all rights reserved
Flying Sails by Werner Klotz – located on the platform and mezzanine
A pair of 35-foot-high stainless steel abstract sails hang from the platform ceiling to the mezzanine level between the escalators. Wind-activated panels on the northern sail contain the names of Northwest native tribes; the southern sail names cities on the same latitude or longitude as Seattle.
© Christian Moeller, Restless, 2009, all rights reserved
Restless by Christian Moeller – located on the International Blvd pedestrian bridge
A series of red propellers rotate horizontally in the ceiling of the pedestrian bridge creating an abstract sculpture to keep birds – both revered and reviled by the flight-centric Airport – at bay.
© Fernanda D'Agostino, Celestial Navigation, 2009, all rights reserved
Celestial Navigation by Fernanda D'Agostino – located on the plaza
An 18-foot-high glass and metal sculpture, inspired by a navigational quadrant, serves as a projection screen for an artist-created video about the cultures residing in the SeaTac area and studies of flight. The plaza is enhanced with terrazzo and bronze inlay circles.
© Norie Sato, The Braid, 2009, all rights reserved
The Braid by Norie Sato – located on all Link light rail station platforms; from UW in Seattle to Angle Lake in SeaTac
Sato created The Braid design for the initial Link line in Seattle. Now each light rail station incorporates this tactile paving pattern in the form of a rope, stretching along the length of the platform. Braided knots indicate vehicle boarding areas and a braided sculpture marks the station entrance. Together, these wayfinding elements tie the stations together.
Angle Lake Station
19863 28th Ave S, SeaTac
© Laura Haddad, Cloud, 2016, all rights reserved
Cloud by Laura Haddad – located on the platform
Wind activates thousands of individual discs while sunlight makes them shimmer and glow. The Cloud serves as a sculptural barometer of local weather.
© Jill Anholt, Immerse, 2016, all rights reserved
Immerse by Jill Anholt – located on the plaza
Immerse appears to hang weightlessly in the portal of the plaza's grand staircase, with the sculpture's four delicate arcs transferring light into the parking area below.