ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: May 24, 2017
Mountlake Terrace Station
STart has commissioned artist and urban designer Kipp Kobayashi to develop artwork for the Mountlake Terrace Station.
Kipp Kobayashi has a keen interest in the nature of human interaction in our public environments and is in constant search for ways to initiate dialogue and to promote sociability within these spaces. His work explores how these overlapping narrative threads merge with the physical characteristics of a specific environment, transforming them into living and unique entities composed of our thoughts, actions and experiences. His medium is informed by the specific mix of these elements, resulting in unexpected combinations that are unique to each project. By focusing on these intersections of the human, cultural and natural factors, he aims to create artwork that can continue to change, grow and evolve along with the world around it; reflecting what is at first not apparent; forever changing how we perceive a particular place or thing. More of Kobayashi’s work can be seen on his website: kippkobayashi.com/index.html.
Examples of the artist's past work
NE 145th Station
Working with City of Shoreline staff and neighborhood representatives, STart has commissioned two artists to develop artwork for the two Shoreline Link Light Rail stations.
At the NE 145th Station, local luminary Buster Simpson is developing two sculptures that he's calling "Helical Sine Wave Trusses." About the project, Simpson writes the "sculptures are metaphoric conveyances of the storm water coming off the station garage's roof into a mitigating bog and moss landscape. The form's curving rivulets suggest the dynamics of the water's meander, making transparent, legible and instructive the respectful journey of water at this, one of the sources of Thornton Creek." Simpson's projects are a continuation of his long practice of exposing and celebrating institutional infrastructure, some of which may be seen here: www.bustersimpson.net.
NE 185th Station
At the NE 185th Station, Arizona-based artist Mary Lucking is working on a series of murals and cut metal screens populated with images of imagined birds and plants. She thinks of the birds as stand-ins for the station's neighbors and writes "in some places, the birds are hanging out in a group, like people waiting for a train. Their postures and gazes suggest that they are talkative, bored, shy, sleepy, curious or wistful – the emotions of the daily commute. Like real birds, they share our physical space, but experience it in a different way." Lucking writes that her inspiration comes from a variety of sources, including her exploration of local neighborhoods set amid tall trees, the forests of folktales and the notion of nests as a metaphor for home. More of Lucking's work can be seen on her website: marylucking.com
STart: The Sound Transit Art Program
Artwork at Sound Transit stations is intended to help create welcoming and engaging environments for our patrons, neighbors, and visitors. Sound Transit commissions artists with diverse voices to make the experience of traveling through our system pleasant and to create landmarks within our communities.