Thursday, April 3, 2008

Public Architecture As Art

The first thing that strikes me on every visit out here to Greater Seattle is how lush and green everything is at any time of the year. On one visit we made in January, we were amazed to find “winter pansies” blooming away under a crunchy layer of icy snow!

The second thing that strikes me is the thoughtful, artistic details in functional public features such as bus stops, retaining walls and medians. I hope the photos below give you an idea of what I’m referring to.

One bus stop

Another bus stop

Greenery on a noise barrier wall

Benches and planter on a street corner

Tile detail (So true!)

Flower against a noise barrier wall


Sue said...

Seems like a beautiful city with lots to see and take in. When you guys heading home? Seems like you've been on the road for ages...

Safe travels!


Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue -
It does seem like we have been away from home for ages, even though the days out here have been flying by. It's actually the longest we have been away from home in nearly ten years.

We'll be getting back to Massachusetts on Monday. I know the farewells here will be very difficult, but it will feel so good to be out of a hotel and back in our own home.
Thanks for the good wishes!
- Lee

dancingmorganmouse said...

That tiled busstop is fantastic, I wish they'd do something like that round my place - our stops are really ghastly.

purpleronnie said...

This is the artistic and physical form of every seeing the good in everything - even something as mundane as a bus stop can be beautiful and interesting. Good luck with all the goodbyes.

Roo said...

Seattle sounds like a place we should visit! ;o)