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Fremont Bridge needs performers to help ‘talk back’

By master · September 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After spending three months inside the northeast tower of the Fremont Bridge, artist Kristen Ramirez is nearly ready to unveil the work resulting from her summer residency.  The piece is called “Bridge Talks Back” and she describes it as “using a piece of the city’s infrastructure to celebrate art and history.” 


Kristen says she knew from her first day in the tower that the composition was going to involve sound, so she set up a voice message line for people to call and tell their stories about the bridge and their experiences there.  Throughout the summer, she received more than 50 messages.  One of her favorites was from a man who told the story of how his wife had always wanted to ride the bridge and on her 75th birthday she finally figured out how to do it and did just that.

The public art project was commissioned by Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs from the Department of Transportation’s 1% for Art funds.  The result will be revealed on Saturday, September 26 from 1-4pm. 

Tom Yoder, a Fremont-based trombone player is writing a musical number specifically for the project.  For three hours, 16 different horn players will be stationed at all four corners of the bridge and will play each time traffic gets stopped for the bridge to go up.  Then, as the bridge rises, a sound piece will play over the bridge’s loudspeakers. 

Kristen is still looking for about 50 performers to volunteer to be part of the coordinated fanfare, and all types are welcome.  One orientation meeting will be required.  All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and hand-painted sign.  If you’d like more info or to sign up, contact Kristen at

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  • 1 Frelardian // Sep 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    What a wonderful idea, and just the kind of thing that makes living in Fremont interesting. Keep it weird, we like it that way!

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