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Imagine Tacoma – An Art-Splanade
With the recent ‘re-installation’ of Howard Ben Tre’s Water Forest and Martin Blank’s new installation of his Fluent Steps at the MoG, and combine this with TAM’s Plaza ReDesign Competition, imagine the delineation of a Public Art walking loop from the Union Station/UWT bLINK Station:
Free Chihuly Bridge
A good start for the walk would be to celebrate the entrance to the Chihuly Bridge (not visually imprison it from Pacific Avenue) – so the public can enter the bridge without having to go through the History Museum Arch (nice as it is).
Once at the MoG, you can dare the ‘stamps’ (Arthur Erickson’s term for the combination of stair and ramp) to view the art or circumnavigate the parking garage via the multiple elevator connections (Free the Fountains!).
Foss Waterway Esplanade
Enjoy the views and art installations along the pedestrian walkway and the rotating artwork filling the empty storefronts of Thea’s Landing and the public artwork currently along the Esplanade. Heck, maybe the Foss Waterway Authority could even turn the vacant hotel lot into a public open space in the recessional interim.
15th Street Connection
Connect back into the city grid via the recently installed access stairway or through the lovely lozenge shaped park to Hood Street (with maybe a side detour up to A Street to take in Doug Granum’s Locomotive Monument).
A Realigned Hood Street
Hood Street is really just a recent roadway (at the time of the Union Station Renovation) – so why not make a one-way down from Pacific Avenue to the TAM/Courthouse Parking Lot and thus allow for a pedestrian route along the Art Museum? With integration of additional art work from the public collection along this route (some languishing in hidden and rarely seen locations) – and some proper street lighting – this can fill-in the missing link of the chain.
The end of the walk sitting beneath the glorious dome and signature catalyst for the rebirth of the Warehouse District.
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With a bit of promotion, including a self-guided map that you could download from the web, and this just might be another outing consideration for those day trippers coming to Downtown Tacoma.
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