Three new light rail stations in the U District, Roosevelt and Northgate neighborhoods open in less than two months!
We're excited to welcome everyone to the new facilities on Oct. 2, but in the meantime, we're giving you a sneak peek of what makes them come alive: the amazing public art.
The art pieces were inspired by the local communities these stations will serve - from cyclists in Roosevelt to the natural environment around Northgate.
Take a closer look at each piece with the video and photos below!
Mary Ann Peters was inspired by the nature and sounds of the Northgate area. With an homage to the Washington State Insect, the Green Darner dragonfly, she created a painting in glass for the west clerestory of the platform.
Cris Bruch’s plaza sculpture serves as a landmark and meeting place for train riders and neighbors from the nearby urban village. A large, gracefully arching, painted-steel structure, the sculpture emulates natural forms and public utility structures.
Bruch describes his other sculpture, located on 1st Avenue Northeast near the north entrance, as a large, "low-dimension cluster of polyhedrons."
R & R Studios, the team of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt, created a landmark for the neighborhood on the plaza at 12th Ave NE and NE 66th Street. Their sculpture “Building Blocks” is a 49-foot-tall, 21-foot-wide, and 2-1/2 -foot deep stepped pyramid painted in bold tones of gold, yellow, green, blue and red.
Luca Buvoli has created a pathway using bold, graphic artwork suggesting runners and cyclists in motion, to help guide passengers from the station’s exterior to the underground platform.
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Lead Pencil Studio’s sculptures evoke the architectural ornament once seen on historic buildings.