bamboo, luminous

Fire Station, City of Seattle

Nominated by City of Seattle for Arts in America Award

A cluster of minimalist luminous vertical markers are sited at the entry to Fire Station 10. Serene, compelling, unexpected, the slightly tilted bamboo shift in relationship to each other as we move by. Colored a translucent yellow-green, the shafts are hand-marked with irregular translucent bands.

Graceful and powerful, bamboo symbolises the qualities of enlightenment – resilience and adaptiveness: bamboo, luminous is a metaphor for the strength and endurance of the Asian immigrants to the International District and service personnel of Fire Station 10 and the Emergency Operations Center.

bamboo, luminous – a gesture evoking a remembered landscape, and a symbol of strength and survival – is transformed into a glowing new urban landscape.