New Light Rail Artwork has Arrived!

23 Aug

Workers installing etched glass panels designed by Chandler O'Leary

Tacoma got a new public artwork today! We caught workers busily installing Chandler O’Leary’s etched glass panels in the two new light rail stations at Commerce and 11th today. The stations are directly in front of Tacoma School of the Arts’ Ted Brown building and are arriving just in time for the new school year.

One of O'Leary's early scketches of the piece

Read more about the artwork here, and make sure to check it out before the end of the summer!



3 Responses to “New Light Rail Artwork has Arrived!”

  1. Downtown August 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Kind of a poor choice of material for it being at pedestrian level. Are replacements made and ready? Remember the Bridge of Glass and the bullet holes in the glass. I am not even sure those have been replaced and it has been atleast 4 years.

    • Tacoma Arts August 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Longevity and safety of artwork should always be a concern and consideration in public art. The shelters at this new platform are in keeping with the other Link shelters which incorporate glass as well – the Link’s Union Station stop is a great example of a shelter incorporating etched glass. While we’re trusting our citizens appreciate and respect the artwork, the beauty of digital files is that replacements can be made, if necessary. And, for the shelter, unlike the Bridge of Glass, access for glass replacement is much more feasible.

      • STart Program August 24, 2011 at 5:54 am #

        Tacoma Link went into service in August of 2003, and the shelters at Union Station were in place before that. In the seven years, a single panel has been broken once. We were able to order and replace within a manner of a couple weeks.

        Congrats on the new installation!

        -Jennifer Babuca, Sound Transit Art Program

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