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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kiss and Make Nice

posted by on October 22 at 15:10 PM

You may recall that Mike Ross’s plans for kissing fighter jets in the Capitol Hill Sound Transit Station nearly incited a riot in spring. Well, designs for the station—including those pastel jets—are now 90 percent complete. So you better start liking them.


Tonight Sound Transit will unveil a near-final draft of art by Ross and the talented Ellen Forney, who is creating a mural for the station, as well as station architecture, green-wall landscaping, and the art installations they’ll be planting in storefronts while they get ready to build.

Writes Forney:

I’m hoping people come so they can ask their questions to Sound Transit instead of to me: what Broadway is going to look like between now and 2016 (dunno!), if Mike is going to buy his planes directly from the defense department (no), why they’re excavating (yawn) instead of burrowing under the ground (neat-o).

Check out the open house from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in room 4106 of Seattle Central Community College, 710 Broadway. Forney says there’ll be big displays on easels, computer-generated movies, and free water.

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What Broadway is going to look like for the next 8 years?

It's going to look like . A big freaking plywood wall, just like the one that's been around the Beacon Hill station site for years now. Enjoy!

Posted by litlnemo | October 22, 2008 3:21 PM

ugh... I keep hoping someone will come to their senses and nix the kissing fighter jets. What a fucking mess.

Posted by mojo mojito | October 22, 2008 3:26 PM

Excavating a shallow station using cut and cover is the only method that makes any sense. You wouldn't bother with the risk and expense of undermining unless there was some absolutely vital object on the surface that couldn't be removed.

Posted by Greg | October 22, 2008 3:58 PM

I thought the big tour was this Friday?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 22, 2008 3:59 PM

Sorry they didn't make it a sculpture of a giant hipster.

I think they thought they were sparing the station something actually representative of Capitol Hill.

Posted by John | October 22, 2008 4:53 PM

I love the jets!

Posted by Ben Schiendelman | October 22, 2008 6:31 PM

The first time you glide down the escalator after walking past Ellen's gorgeous murals you are going to fall in love with the fighter jets. They're gonna be beautiful!

Posted by NaFun | October 23, 2008 6:24 AM

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