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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ellen Forney Commissioned to Art Up Capitol Hill’s Sound Transit Station

posted by on March 19 at 9:46 AM

This just in from Seattle treasure and Stranger columnist Ellen Forney:

I’ll be doing the public art for the Sound Transit tunnel from the west entrance by SCCC under Broadway, to the station. Yay! I’m not sure what art I’m going to do yet (Big Fuckin’ Hands or naked ladies might not pass through the committee processes) but I’ll come up with something with my signature feel-good flair. (Here is a “sample of my public work,” courtesy of Photoshop.)


Congrats, Ellen! (And congrats as well to the city planner(s) smart enough to hire her for the job.)

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nothing says sound transit like dykes in red dresses.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 19, 2008 9:49 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | March 19, 2008 9:49 AM

Seattle is suddenly 69% cooler!

Posted by DOUG. | March 19, 2008 9:50 AM

fucking awesome.

Posted by Rotten666 | March 19, 2008 9:50 AM

Hurray! Great choice on their part.

Here's hoping there are no more ugly stainless steel "sculptures" installed at the other stations.

Posted by boxofbirds | March 19, 2008 9:50 AM

Big fucking hands! Please! My favorite!

Posted by Fnarf | March 19, 2008 9:56 AM

Finally, public art that's not 100% embarrassing!

Yay Ellen!

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | March 19, 2008 10:01 AM

That's awesome!

Posted by Carollani | March 19, 2008 10:08 AM

a subtle big fucking hands!

Posted by infrequent | March 19, 2008 10:09 AM

fucking AWESOME!!

Ladies with power tools please!

Posted by catnextdoor | March 19, 2008 10:11 AM

This is awesome.

Posted by laterite | March 19, 2008 10:13 AM

Awesome!!! Go Ellen!!

I'm stunned the city planners had enough sense to pick her. Stunned in a good way.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | March 19, 2008 10:13 AM

That's amazingly good news.

Posted by Explorer | March 19, 2008 10:13 AM

If I'm not wrong, the person in charge of bringing art to the Sound Transit stations is Barbara Luecke, who used to be public art director for 4 Culture/King County. She's bringing some amazing stuff to the stations, such as Mike Ross (of the "Big Rig Jig"." She's a prime mover behind the new Roosevelt Skate Park and was one of the people most responsible for the creation of the Fremont Troll. She's definitely an unsung local hero.

Posted by Gurldoggie | March 19, 2008 10:20 AM

Smart, smart, smart.

Posted by JC | March 19, 2008 10:21 AM

That is SUCH a good idea!

Posted by Joey | March 19, 2008 10:25 AM

@ 14 - you are not wrong. And Mike Ross is proposing some amazing stuff for the station, really exciting. There's an open house Friday April 3 at SCCC - you should check it out!

Posted by scharrera | March 19, 2008 10:42 AM

I see it as one more sign that the baby boomers are finally releasing their claw like grip on everything.
Yay for people who where 7 in 1975!

Posted by Scott Dow | March 19, 2008 10:49 AM

Can we have the committe for the art decisions be made up of residents of Cap Hill? This is a community flavor, not something to be decided by stuffy suits in the Mayor's office or Council Chambers!

We want nudes and other edgy representative art on the walls! Shove fucking political correctness up their ass.


Posted by Reality Check | March 19, 2008 10:55 AM

i am utterly nonplussed by this commission. as much as you all love ellen's CARTOONS, it is likely that her decorations will be as sympathetic to the architecture as the apache "art" on the seahawks stadiums' north facade.

and then they will shortly become dated. like all the boring crap in the sculpture park.

Posted by max solomon | March 19, 2008 10:57 AM

@19, it's paid for by the whole city, so why should just nearby residents get a say?

@20, boo-hoo everything gets dated.

Posted by Andrew | March 19, 2008 11:22 AM

RC, unfortunately for SEattle, what is considered edgy is really just polemic bullshit that fancies itself edgy. Is it really edgy to have a mural depicting a dolphin sucking off a marlboro man type character while they both smoke? no, it's just trying to shock people for the sake of shock.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 19, 2008 11:29 AM

What? Smoking, sucking dolphins? Where?

I agree with Reality Check. Public art doesn't have to be timid and sanitized. Nor does it have to be boho trash. Just don't paint the escalators to match the art, as Ms. Forney did here.

Worst public art of all time? The hyper-realistic magician paintings at Sea-Tac, concourse D. Actually, all Sea-Tac art is evil.

Posted by Fnarf | March 19, 2008 11:34 AM

thats a hypothetical edgy art installation.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 19, 2008 11:40 AM

I gotta take issue with Fnarf @ 23. A lot of surprisingly cool and very local art has made its way into SeaTac over the last couple years. Hell, someone at the airport has installed portraits by Annie Grgich, sculptures by Shawn Nordfors, ceramics by Eric Nelsen, all of them young and powerful local artists who (except for minor temporary exhibits) aren't represented ANYWHERE ELSE in this entire city. Plus there's permanent things like the Robert Rauschenberg installation or the big painting by Frank Stella, which are also the only examples in the region.

Yeah, the talking fountains are silly and the endless celebrations of Pilchuck glass are long stale, but for an airport, SeaTac is way above the curve.

Posted by Gurldoggie | March 19, 2008 12:02 PM

I'd like to see a 300 foot mural of Vanished Capitol Hill featuring images of Jack in the Box, Manray and assorted homeless, teen meth heads with pitbulls.

and Aleksa Manilla hovering over all...


Posted by michael strangeways | March 19, 2008 12:40 PM

I want my art designed by committee, executed in shades of gray.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 19, 2008 12:50 PM

I agree with @14.

It would be nice if they're not all white, by the way.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 19, 2008 1:09 PM

I love it.

Posted by tabletop_joe | March 19, 2008 1:54 PM

Fnarf @23

David Cross has a funny bit about that painting. I look for it every time I'm at SeaTac but have never seen it. Concourse D... is it still there?

Posted by JC | March 19, 2008 3:50 PM

Suddenly my world got brighter at this news. HOORAY!

Posted by NaFun | March 19, 2008 3:52 PM

Yes to the work of an original: Ellen Forney.

Posted by homage to me | March 19, 2008 4:29 PM

Scott Dow: Barbara Luecke,who made the choice, is a baby boomer.

Not a great choice, Forney's a second-rate illustrator at best.

Posted by floyd's accountant | March 19, 2008 9:10 PM

Best news I've heard all day.

Posted by Eliza | March 19, 2008 10:40 PM

Too many black people.

Posted by Armand Van Deeken | March 19, 2008 11:33 PM

Oops, I wasn't done typing yet,

I was saying that there are too many black people in this city to continually pass over our talented black artists. Why aren't more blacks represented in public projects?

Posted by Armand Van Deeken | March 19, 2008 11:37 PM


Posted by Down South | March 20, 2008 11:51 AM

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