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Imagine Tacoma: Plant Vines
In recognition of Earth Day this week:
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been quoted as saying “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”
So, now that Park Plaza South is getting a rebirth (with the City of Tacoma’s assistance), what to do about Park Plaza North?
Well, how about going really ‘green?’
Plants: Install large ‘Lifeboxes’ (cross between a lifeboat and a flowerbox) hung off the structure and containing all types of climbing plants – Boston Ivy is my favorite as it turns a brilliant red in the fall and is not injurious to the concrete sturcture – that overtime will engulf the building. I seem to remember that at one time there were flower boxes hung off the sturcture – well, why not again? A habitat for birds and other small creatures in the heart of the City.
Detailing: Reinstall new guardrails and lighting all detailed in a nautical theme (e.g. pipe tube rails – no Skipper’s spars though).
Art Glass Windows: Openings along the North side are glazed for art glass installations viewed from Frost Park.
Street Trees: Existing ungainly street trees along Pacific Avenue are removed and replaced with trees planted at the column locations in coordination with spacing of the antique street light poles.
Arts Garage: The entire Pacific Avenue level is purchased by the City and/or Pierce County and/or MetroParks (reference Park Plaza South for recipe) and glaze-in the Darth Vader openings into an ‘Arts Garage’ – a multi-purpose enclosed space for community projects – a temporary LeMay showroom, a Children’s Museum installation, concert venue, art gallery, event center that is tied to Tacoma Dome/Convention Center/TAM/MoG/History Museum that brings elements of current shows downtown (e.g. riding the bLINK between the History Museum and an installation of large artifacts tied to a current show but located in the Arts Garage), First Night venue, main venue for downtown events (fun runs, etc…).
Happy Belated Earth Day,
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