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November 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM

What’s that on the Spokane Street viaduct?

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(Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt’s project on the Spokane Street Viaduct/Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs photo)

The Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project is nearly complete, but it’s not just your basic concrete and asphalt project. Giant barcodes and stenciled designs, made by Santa Monica artist team Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt of Merge Conceptual Design “create separate zones that recollect the natural and cultural history of the area, the industries that flourished there, and wildlife that inhabited the site” on the pillars. “The striped barcodes on the columns (viewed from westbound South Spokane Street) visually play with the corridor’s perspective beneath the viaduct and line up to create a whole barcode pattern when viewed from specific points along the roadway. The nine themes in SODO include (east to west): Another Man’s Treasure, Forest of Stilts, Duck-Duck-Goose, Heavy Metal, Moved Mountain, Slowheel, Cuts and Hides and Liquid Land,” according to the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

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