... for a summer's worth of posts from myself, Kristen Ramirez, a visual artist occupying the NE tower of Seattle's Fremont Bridge, a nationally registered Historic Place!
Thanks to a unique residency offered by Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), I am undertaking an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge from May through August, 2009. Using the tower as a studio for making art, a platform from which to observe the bridge, and a base from which to interact with the public, I will create art!
The Fremont Bridge - opened in 1917 - is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the key transportation link between the Fremont neighborhood and the Queen Anne and Westlake communities. It rises for marine traffic an average of 35 times a day, making it one of the busiest bascule bridges in the world. A bascule bridge is a moveable bridge that swings upward.