TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Nov. 5, 2010 at 10:30am

Interview: 12th Street Hill Climb Artist

I had the opportunity this week to meet and interview Vancouver, BC artist Jill Anholt to discuss the public art -- "Projecting Drop" -- that is nearly completed at the 12th Street hill climb downtown. Anholt was in town to work on some of the night-time lighting features that will be a part of the art work she created.

Vancouver, BC artist Jill Anholt
(Photo By Todd Matthews / Tacoma Daily Index)

The three-page feature article I wrote appears in today's edition of the Tacoma Daily Index. You can read it online here (Web) and here (PDF). You can go down there today and check out the art work (and access the stairs between Pacific Avenue and Commerce Street), but a formal ceremony marking the project's completion will probably be held in December (perhaps in time for Art Walk).

A couple interesting items from our interview:

(a.) The art installation sits directly above the late-1800s Turkish bath house that was discovered underground during Pacific Plaza's renovation and is now used a cistern for Pacific Plaza's green roof; If you walk on the blue tiles in front of the wall, you are walking directly above the Turkish bath.

(b.) Once night-time features are completed, a motion-activated sensor will project a quotation about Tacoma once published in the Tacoma Daily Ledger onto the wall.

Earlier TDI Reporter's Notebook coverage here.

comments [3]  |  posted under Art, Downtown, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 11/5/2010 @ 11:24am
good stuff

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/5/2010 @ 12:22pm
I thought it was a giant game controller. I guess I must be a philistine.

by Erik on 11/5/2010 @ 12:26pm


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