When coming up with the concept for this project, the artists began their initial design thinking at the two ends of the trail. Both waterfronts host the natural objects of Washington shorelines—most prominently logs and rocks. They imagined the trail as a waterway that connected Lake Washington to Puget Sound, with its flow of people walking, biking, and running. They envisioned the sculptures as the “banks” of the trail. For that reason, the sculptures incorporate the clusters of rocks and logs that gather at outer edges of river bends. The look and feel are intentionally reminiscent of the remarkable hand-built timber, steel, and stone structures of the Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The artists are inspired by the elegant ways in which CCC craftsmen and craftswomen manipulated oversize timbers and rocks to make the signs and buildings that form the brand of our national and state parks. These utilitarian sculptures speak to us with their spirit of make-do efficiency, reverence for local materials, immediacy of design, and timelessness. Read more about the Lake to Sound Trail.
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