Survey: Show of hands – light rail station jet art

Charlette Lefevre — a colleague of mine from the Capitol Hill Community Council — apparently freaked everybody out when she asked for a show of hands at the recent forum to discuss the jet sculpture design planned for Capitol Hill’s light rail station. I couldn’t attend the forum but I’ve been told it wasn’t exactly the right time for a vote.


Now that the forum has come and gone and the status of the design is unclear though, I assume, progressing, I wonder what would result from a show of hands. Sounds like it’s time for a CHS survey. It’s simple and should take you about 3 minutes to complete.


The goal is to run a quick, unscientific gauge of what one group of interested people think. Here’s a link to the CHS light rail jet art survey. I’m only collecting one response per IP address and I’ll stop collecting responses Wednesday June 18th at 8p. You can see the summary of results here while the survey runs.


There are assumptions on both sides that Capitol Hill has spoken on the light rail jet art issue. Let’s do a quick show of hands to see what we can learn.

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5 thoughts on “Survey: Show of hands – light rail station jet art

  1. Public art at Miller Community Center. The committee selected an artist, then the artist’s proposal (the “Star Canopy”) was universally disliked in the neighborhood. After a great deal of neighborhood harrumphing, the artist selection process was reopened and the artists selected produced the delightful windvanes, arch and friezes that grace the Center and that we all love.

    Public feedback CAN work, but you do need to be persistent. Not taking no for an answer could also be a good tactic.

  2. I’m not certain anybody needs to say ‘no’ here. E-mails out to Sound Transit to learn more in addition to this little experiment.

  3. The survey asks about the factors respondents used in making their decisions about whether they’d like to see Ross’ proposal in the station. One of those factors is “Use of jets in the design”. I suspect that there are many people in the neighborhood who would indicate that this factor was not particularly important in making their decision, but who would indicate that “use of war machinery” or “use of killing machines” (or even just “use of fighter jets”) were quite relevant in their decision-making process.