Photo of the Week - November 16, 2011

View from Parking Garage
1911 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA

November 16, 2011
I was parking on 1st Avenue the other day on my way to the Pike Place Market when I noticed that many of the windows of the parking garage across the street were spray painted. Being a fan of grafitti, I went over to investigate. Turns out the entrepeneurs of The Bicycle Pull-Apart have painted the windows to advertise their services - selling new and used bikes, taking trade-ins, renting bikes and selling art. The business is also home to Seattle Pedal cabs. From the inside, the bright colors radiate a positive fun feeling in an otherwise dark space.

Unfortunately for the intrepid owners of The Bicycle Pull-Apart, the building is scheduled to be demolished. You have until February 1 to visit them in their current location.

View of the Garage from 1st Avenue

Photo of the Week - November 3, 2011

Pioneer Square Tunnel Station
Sound Transit Light Rail
Seattle, WA

November 3, 2011
From the Metro Transit web site:
  • Architect Jerry McDevitt designed the station with lead artist Kate Ericson.
  • The north mezzanine clock is made of materials used to build the tunnel and stations-polished marble and granite, steel I-beams, electrical wire, galvanized pipes and metals. The clock numbers are hand tools used by workers who built the tunnel. The south mezzanine clock is made of materials found while the tunnel was being built-old cobblestones, cast-iron pipe, rough granite and brick.
  • The large bronze-colored grilles in the station ceiling are air supply ducts, and the white circles on the ceiling are sound baffling devices.
Stop #10 on the Downtown Seattle clock walk.
Robert Ketcherside is a board member of the Puget Sound Historians Guild. He gives walking tours of the downtown Seattle clocks through the Seattle Architecture Foundation.
"The clock walk has been featured in episode 98 of Perils for Pedestrians; webzines such as Seattlest; the Mount Baker newsletter; a couple of times by the Seattle Sketcher."

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