Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Prairie Line Trail Public Art Tour

This Saturday, November 12th, at 2PM the Tacoma Arts Commission will be leading a 90-minute tour of the Prairie Line Trail.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about the significance and future of the Trail while enjoying a series of public art interventions.

Before the Prairie Line Trail followed Hood Street as it does today, it was the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad's transcontinental line (beating out other notable northwest cities).  Today the City is discussing how to best retain this piece of history while integrating it with modern uses (previously discussed here).  In addition, the City is looking at ways to build a non-motorized trail connecting the Water Ditch Trail through south downtown to and onto the Thea Foss Waterway.

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For this weekend's tour, a number of artists will be installing works along the trail, including Thoughtbarn's Ghost Prairie seen above.  Other artists include:
-Jennifer Adams
-Kyle Dillehay
-Kristin Giordano
-Jeremy Gregory
-Diane Hansen
-Christopher Jordan
-Lance Kagey
-Lisa Kinoshita
-Ed Kroupa
-Bret Lyon
-Janet Marcavage
-Maria Meneses
-Nicholas Nyland
-Chandler O'Leary
-Elise Richman
-Claudia Riedener
-Holly Senn
-Chris Sharp
-James Grayson Sinding
-Kenji Stoll

The tour will start at Tollefson Plaza and will end with a "warm-up" in Thoughtbarn's temporary studio at 1720 Pacific Avenue.  For more on the Tour and other events during Art at Work Month, please visit the Art At Work website.  For more on the Ghost Prairie installation, please visit the Spaceworks blog.

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