What a difference another park & ride makes! Normally on a weekday at Tukwila Light Rail station's park & ride there are no parking spots if I'm not there between 0700-0730. About a month ago the new Angle Lake station opened to the south of Sea Tac, making it the furthest south. It includes 1,120 park-and-ride spaces.
tested the effect of those additional spaces. And. Wow! At 0830,
there were still more than a couple dozen spots at Tukwila! Even when I
returned at 0930, there were still nearly that many! This will shorten
my commute into Seattle for sketch outings and other activities as I
won't have to park further away and take a bus.
rode down to Angle Lake to add another sketch in my series on the art
at the light rail stations. As I approached, I could see the massive
multi story parking structure to the west of the tracks. And I could
see a few empty spaces there, too.
light rail station has at least one, and usually more, pieces of art
installed. I'm slowly working on a series to sketch them all.
pictogram in the upper right corner is a bit of collage collected from
the Metro website. Each station has it's own pictogram and I will be
including them as I complete more sketches.
From the wiki: "Laura
Haddad's 'Cloud' is the station's most prominent feature and is
suspended over the elevated platform as it crosses South 200th Street.
The 48-foot-long (15 m), 26-foot-high (7.9 m) sculpture consists of
6,000 small colored acrylic disks that reflect sunlight in ways
dependent on variations in light, weather or an approaching train; at
night, the disks are illuminated with LED floodlights that fade from
orange to blue as trains approach the station. Haddid describes her
sculpture as a "community landmark" and "sculptural barometer of local
I didn't sketch the other art: "Jill Anholt's
'Immerse' is embedded in the plaza's grand staircase and consists of
four "delicate arcs" made of curved steel and tubing that connect the
garage and station. Anholt's piece uses the arcs to filter light onto
the parking area and 'celebrates the process of falling rain'"