Remember when it seemed like everybody was freaked out about the Capitol Hill light rail station jet art and then we realized that, really, we were probably evenly split on the issue? OK, I made that last part up — nobody remembers realizing that but me. But you do remember everybody freaking out.
Maybe it’s the new design elements the artist Mike Ross has incorporated since the last time we discussed the station art project.
A few changes:
- The jets are more segmented which makes them lighter and more bird-like (less jet-like)
- There are connective yellow struts to make the pieces unified (less wreck-like)
- There is more ‘upward’ direction in the way the pieces are arranged and pointed (less divebomb-like)
- The jets are also closer together in a kind of ‘kiss’ (less dogfight-like)
Here’s a closer view:
The artist, god bless him, talked about how the public process and feedback had further shaped his work. Maybe so. But he also called his planned pieces ‘fighter jets’ with a bit of naughty, tourettic glee. I cynically chalk the struts up to the necessity of physics but maybe the two forces work hand in hand.