Thursday, April 16, 2009

Art Underfoot: Carved Faces at Qwest Field


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No, that's not how my face looked after I paid my taxes! ;^) I've been doing an informal series called "Art Underfoot" for three years now. This is about #25 in the series, several of which I've posted to SDP (here was #1 which got me looking down). Doesn't seem like I'll ever exhaust the examples in this town. This offering is part of the pavement at the north entrance of Qwest Field and is a mystery to me. I would love to hear about the artist and the installation if you have any information. Thanks!

15 comments:

brattcat said...

The angled perspective and gray tones makes a stunning photo.

Hilda said...

For some reason, they remind me of mermen…

Katney said...

Have you done the dance steps on Broadway on Capitol Hill? I always found them fascinating. Son no longer lives in that neighborhood and moved to California, so I will miss chance crossings of them on our way for pizza.

I will watch for underfoot wonders on future visits to Seattle.

Wayne said...

I was there but I must have been staring off into space when this picture was taken. Nicely captured Kim.

Kim said...

Brattcat, you are always so kind! Thank you. I don't know how far they continue, but that long strip was something I wanted to remember. I isolated a couple faces, but those were less appealing in the end, and this one is not what I would wish for, so I'll go back at some point I guess :-).

Hilda, I would love to hear the story behind that association! Maybe they are peering up from the deep. Cool thought!

Katney, Why, yes I have! In public. Yikes! If you follow the link in the the Fred Astaire post, you will see one set of the Broadway Dance Steps sculptures. I love photographing them and have a couple ideas I'd like to try when no one is around, which as you know is never gonna happen in THAT neighborhood at any hour :-). So, where did you guys like to go for pizza in CH? (And I love your new avatar.)
-Kim

Kim said...

Oh, remember Wayne, this was what sparked the whole conversation about your meeting Bill Reed and I was thinking of Bill Holm. And now that I think about it, I'm sure both Bills must have known each other. :-)
-Kim

Al said...

Isn't it "Qwest?"

Virginia said...

Wayne, how on earth did you miss this????? As your producer/manager, I have to tell you I'm disappointed! :)

Kim,
These faces/masks remind me of NW Indian totem poles or wood carvings. Then again, what would I know??HA

Marie-Noyale said...

Love your comment about the taxes!!
They donn't seem to appreciate being walked on!!

Kim said...

Al, why, yes, it is! :-}

V. Producer and manager!? Oh my. I need one of those. Are you taking on new clients? How hands on are you? Life is so busy and complicated. Parenting, work, home, photos/blog, keeping up with destructomatic cat and placating usurped old hissy fit cat, twenty million house projects to keep on track (just reroofed, so check that one off, replacing windows is next). And art. . .I haven't finished a quilt in two years, am totally behind in mapping and categorizing my Flickr shots, and I could use someone to kick my butt when I'm disinclined to change the cat boxes in the morning. Let me know if you're up for the job and what your fee is. (grin)

M-N, These would be hard for me to step on. I imagine people do, but I hadn't thought about the faces being stepped on. I wonder if they yell ouch? :-)

-Kim

Clueless in Boston said...

Very interesting carvings in the street. I did a series for a while on "street medallions" and was always looking down on the lookout for more. Guess I'll have to go on the hunt for more in Boston due to your inspiration.

Nathalie said...

Very inspiring indeed. The angle and depth of field work really well.

Thanks for your kind invitation Kim, I can't take up the offer now, too busy trying to make a living on my own, but I am fortunate to have a great bunch of friends and family to rely upon. I'll be right. But if I ever travel to your part of the world, rest assured that you'll hear about it. :-)

PJ said...

There isn't one thing about this picture that I don't like. The DOF is perfect. Just wonderful.

Jilly said...

Kim, this is so impressive - not just what is featured but the photograph. I've tried several times to photograph a 'footballer's walk' in Monaco. Set in bronze are the footprints of many world famous footballers. Unfortunately the line of footprints is at the base of a wall, so often it's in shadow but even allowing for that, I'm not having any success. Please could you tell me how low you were for this shot? Any tips? I'll come back later and see if you've left an answer. Many thanks, Kim. Your shot, of course, is perfect.

Bspacewiz3 said...

Hi! I'm a long time viewer and fellow Seattle area Photographer!..this particular piece marks part of the footprint of the ole Kingdome :) Keep up the great pics!

-BJ