Broadway light rail construction area temporary art: light sculpture, performance space

Last week, CHS told you about the upcoming Sound Transit community forum slated for October 8th to discuss status of light rail construction on Capitol Hill. ST’s official release about the meeting is below but first wanted to share details the agency passed along about some temporary art projects that will soon be featured in the big, empty, paved lot at Broadway and John:

Temporary public art projects at Capitol Hill site

The Sound Transit Art program is developing two temporary art installation projects for the Capitol Hill Station construction site. These proposals were received from the open call for ideas request seeking temporary art projects for the paved fenced lot between John and Denny on Broadway. Construction on the Capitol Hill Station begins soon, and these projects will activate the site in the mean time.

Artist Dan Corson will be creating an abstract topography made of undulating rods that become a lightshow canvas at night. The site-specific work will require the participation of many volunteers to install. If you’d like to help, please call the Art Program at 206-398-5059.

Christian French is coordinating a sculptural performance space focusing on the John and Broadway corner that becomes the setting for periodic dance, music, and poetry special events prior to the arrival of the next contractor in early November.

Glad ST is moving forward with this — but note that the ‘sculptural performance space’ is super temporary. When the construction contractor arrives in November, it’s gone.

Meanwhile, here’s the ST release on the October construction and noise variance forum:

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.

• Construction schedule and activities

• Business mitigation update   

• Nighttime construction work and noise variance process

Please join us on October 8th to see the up-to-date construction schedule and to ask questions about the work. The open house runs from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30.

Construction on University Link and the Capitol Hill light rail station is now underway,  with major work starting in the next few months. To keep you informed about the construction, Sound Transit is hosting frequent community meetings.

Use the entry near the Broadway Performance Hall

1701 Broadway, Seattle, in the south end of the main building.

Seattle Central Community College, Room 1110

For more information about the event, contact Rhonda Dixon at

206-370-5569 or

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