at the stillpoint

Mountlake Terrace Freeway Transit Station,
Washington State, 2011

Set onto the platform is a long, voluptuous form, a tree trunk, marked by natural and manmade scars. Cast bronze, it is unexpected, powerful, graceful, tactile. It refers to the local landscape, the history of logging, the soaring trees of the local parks and neighborhoods – and offers passengers a place to sit, a place to recall memories of sitting in a clearing in the forest.

The log rests on concentric rings set into the concrete platform – these narrow bands of stainless steel are a sleek graphic abstraction of tree rings – or a suggestion of being centered within the landscape. Together, the two components form a meditation on landscape and culture,and on transcience and time.