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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

August 9, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Tunnel vision on Capitol Hill

You don’t need to look past the red construction wall surrounding the future Capitol Hill light rail station to be entertained. Thanks to The Capitol Hill Wall Project, art is on display on the wall 24/7 to make you forget about the construction noise and six-year-long disruption of life in this part of the city. A mural I sketched last October is probably one of my favorite temporary art installations along the wall.
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Sketched 4:14 p.m.
This afternoon, however, I didn’t stop to draw any of the art on the wall. Instead, I took a sneak peek of the construction activity through one of the many windows located throughout the wall. I was just as captivated. I tuned off the protective grid that covers the window to do the sketch shown above as the crane picked up materials and workers moved like ants on the bottom of the 60-foot-deep site.
According to the project page on Sound Transit’s website, the work should be completed sometime in 2015. In the meantime, enjoy the views, of the public art, and of the construction. You can also stop by Peet’s Coffee for a construction update on Aug. 18. Sound Transit staff will be available to answer questions and tell you how Brenda, the tunnel-boring machine, is doing so far. Here’s the info about the Coffee Hour.

About the sketch: For this sketch, I experimented with a technique I recently picked up from my sketcher friend, Buenos Aires-based architect Norberto Dorantes, at the 2nd International Lisbon Urban Sketching Symposium. I used a Rotring Art Pen and added watercolor later. The Art Pen ink is not waterproof and smears when watercolor is applied, creating an interesting effect when used as masterfully as only Norberto knows how. Paper: Canson 90 lb. Montval All-Media Fieldbook.

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