Surprising nobody, the “art poles” marking soon-to-be streetcar stops along Broadway have become — for reals — art poles. Or, to be more exact, street art poles.
Working at a furious pace, taggers are reportedly making regular contributions to the rich artistic culture of the neighborhood with daily defacements of the beaded structures designed by artist Claudia Fitch. Most are ego-driven branding. Some are witty. Some are dirty. For now, all of it is being cleaned off.
CHS has learned that CleanScapes, the company contracted by the Broadway improvement district for tidying up the area, has been asked to clean the poles every day in an attempt to keep the streetcar markers unmarked — another reason to expand the improvement district?
It’s not clear how long the solution will last, though, as CleanScapes isn’t technically supposed to touch the City of Seattle property. Perhaps “art pole” needs to be the next category added to Find It, Fix It.