Construction on the Capitol Hill light rail transit station is well underway and the construction walls are rising. Soon, those walls will be painted red.
D.K. Pan has been selected as lead artist on the five-year construction wall art installment. He chose a brick red as the base color of the walls to signify the “heart” of the city, Capitol Hill. Pan was introduced to the community Wednesday night at the Sound Transit Capitol Hill station meeting.
“[The red color] represents […] the place where new and old blood mix, the geographic heart of the city and the bold spirit of the neighborhood,” said Pan. “And ultimately, this project for me is all about love.”
Pan envisions a portion of the wall devoted to the history of Capitol Hill in what could be a multi-media retelling with interviews, photographs, historical pieces and a neighborhood timeline. Another portion of the wall will be a “memorial,” a place where community members and local non-profits can contribute shared stories and memories of loss and grief. You can read more about Pan’s art and the lead artist selection process in one of our earlier posts.
“It will be a tribute to place, memory and imagination,” said Pan.
The first-round deadline to apply as a participating commissioned artist is this upcoming Monday, April 19. Applications can be submitted to Sound Transit art program manager Barbara Luecke. These artists, when chosen, will be commissioned and “pre-approved” and could be called upon at any time in the next five years to contribute.
Most of the questions raised by community members surrounded the concern of noise levels and increased amounts of traffic that the neighborhood will experience as soon as June. Sound Transit said they would take citizen concerns into consideration but they are “not sure” how they will solve the truck route issues once drilling begins.
There will be increased truck activity when excavation starts, which will be sometime in May or June. Right now, about 25 trucks a day move through Capitol Hill. When excavation starts, that number will multiply to 8 trucks an hour.
“Construction is more of an art, not a science,” said Sound Transit Community Outreach Specialist Jeff Munnoch. “We’ll have to figure it out as we go along.”
- Decision on Noise Variance: April 22
- The Olive Way I-5 offramp will reopen sometime in May, depending on the weather.
- Finish site preparation: Excavation begins in May
- North link kickoff meeting in May
- Pike Street Preparations: Summer
- Tunnel Boring Machine Assembly: early 2011