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Center of the Universe gets a ‘SPACE’ lift

By master · August 25th, 2009 · 7 Comments

For nearly 2 weeks, the galaxy has been appearing afoot at the corner of N. 36th and Evanston Ave N.  It’s the result of passionate – and tireless – efforts by Project Manager and Lead Artist Jessica Randall.  She comments, “This is the real center of the universe”.

ArtSPACE has been in the works since 2005 but it it took a year just to get the permits approved.  It wasn’t until the summer of 2007 that they finally got lift-off for SPACE and construction began.  Several artists have contributed to the art display, from glass planets and lighting fixtures to out-of-this-world benches.  (Photo by Kirby Lindsay.)  

Jessica says the reaction from passers-by have been remarkably good, with people complimenting the work and expressing their thank yous.  “I must represent something people want to see more of.”  She adds that hopefully there will be many more community pieces like this to come.  If all goes smoothly, the art installation should be completed by next week. 

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 FremontSheila // Aug 25, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Love it!

  • 2 holz // Aug 26, 2009 at 4:26 am

    meh, this whole building, not just the art, has been a blight on the neighborhood. i won't even go into the lack of merit or thought into the project. but it's really funny watching all the visitors try to figure out why there are testes hanging from the poles where nude bicyclists annually ride.

  • 3 hollyrockets // Aug 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I was in Fremont just last week; lucky enough to be running an errand THERE instead of in some “any-town USA” shoppercade, when I saw Jessica working on this amazing treasure.
    This section of Fremont is not a blight, as holz laments. It is one of the nicest whimsical commercial pockets in Western Washington. I rather thought the lamps above resembled planets. Maybe holz is not used to seeing testes as equally sized orbs in his/her experience and understandibly mistook the interpretation of the lamp due to personal experience.
    My recommendation to holz would be to scurry off to your local homogeneous Wal-Mart. You will feel more at home, there.

  • 4 ballardrocksnow // Aug 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I'm pretty sure you say that about every building, yet you yourself couldn't name a pretty building or its architectural style.

    You do realize there are literal shacks with junk in the front yards of numerous houses on 39th right?

  • 5 holz // Aug 26, 2009 at 7:36 am

    that’s because most buildings in this city really are (without merit). this one is especially awful, with a discombobulated palette, barely functioning windows, faux decorations all over the place , terrible massing, ridiculous rooflines, an awkwardly detailed wooden awning, and terrible art. this abortion has like 8 different materials on the facade. that’s just the public face, the backside is even worse.

    yeah, i realize there are houses in disrepair on 39th. they haven’t been touched in ages. this building is less than 3 years old. wtf was the architect thinking? it’s ridiculous. it’s laughable.

    buildings aren’t pretty. why is it you think i couldn’t name an ‘architectural style’ (not that it matters)

  • 6 holz // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    i didn't say this section of fremont was a blight, but the building and it's art sure are. it's not one of the nicest commercial projects (or mixed use for that matter) in washington.

    i know the orbs are supposed to be planets. unfotunately, they let water in and got all disfigured. at least once a day some visitor asks why there are testes in fremont.

  • 7 monierose // Aug 27, 2009 at 3:12 am

    i live next door to the worst one on 39th, it is horrific. i would take a building like the ArtSPACE one anyday.

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