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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

In/Visible is Up: Zoe Strauss

posted by on January 9 at 10:30 AM

Click here for the interview with the Philly photographer who has a residency and exhibition at Open Satellite in Bellevue through Saturday.


She took that one somewhere around here, but I couldn’t place it. Anyone?

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That's the sign from somewhere near the Safeway in Ballard. It flashes "Bardahl... Add It To Your Oil". If you walk down Leary at night, you can't miss it. I don't know the actual address of the building it sits on though.

Posted by Gem | January 9, 2008 10:49 AM

In the warehouse-y section of Ballard, just over the Ballard Bridge. "ADD IT TO YOR GAS, ADD IT TO YOUR OLI."

My fave neon sign in the whole city since the Lincoln dealership sign was removed in S. Lake Union.

Posted by PG | January 9, 2008 10:49 AM

Ballard. It is at the old Bardahl automotive oil spot. Between 15th and 14th?

Posted by Cori Ready | January 9, 2008 10:49 AM

14th Ave NW & NW 52nd St.

Posted by Mrs. Fnarf | January 9, 2008 10:52 AM


Posted by kinkos | January 9, 2008 10:57 AM

Bardahl. Great building, too -- aluminum windows, green panels. The sign is probably Seattle's best landmark, since the Rainier R is gone.

Posted by fnarf | January 9, 2008 11:03 AM

It's for Bardahl, where a friend of mine works.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 9, 2008 11:24 AM

Vanishing Ballard.

Posted by vanishing ballard | January 9, 2008 11:28 AM

@6 but you have to admit, the space needle is pretty iconic.

Posted by cochise. | January 9, 2008 11:31 AM

how could you not know where that is? have you literally never gone north of the canal?

Posted by some dude | January 9, 2008 12:26 PM

I think she was kidding.

Posted by Jason Josephes | January 9, 2008 12:55 PM

I dunno - I mean, she DID just title a post "Art is art, life is life" - which certainly suggests a few things to me...

Posted by Hmmmm | January 9, 2008 1:04 PM

That's in Tacoma, right?

Posted by frederick r | January 9, 2008 3:26 PM

@9, yes, but the Space Needle is to show to outsiders. The things that let you know you're home after going somewhere are more important. For me it's things like ADD IT TO YOUR OIL. I have clear memories of that sign from more than forty years ago.

Another one: the Elephant car wash sign.

Posted by Fnarf | January 9, 2008 4:24 PM

What about the gigantic vulva--I mean blue flame--formerly on Mercer?

Posted by neon | January 9, 2008 4:56 PM

That Bardahl Oil neon has been photographed 74,832,641 times.

Posted by homage to me | January 9, 2008 5:54 PM

get your ass out of downtown for once... I left the state when I was four and know where that is.

Posted by Andy | January 9, 2008 9:24 PM

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