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Did you know that Seattle's Ballard neighborhood was once known as the "Shingle Capitol of the World"? There was an abundance of mills along with thriving fishing and shipbuilding industries on Salmon Bay. The mills are gone, but not a forgotten part of the area's history and are paid homage to in this piece. It is one of eight 10 foot tall and differently themed public art works by Tom Askman and Lea Anne Lake that make up The Ballard Gateway. The lighted sculptures were installed on the north end of the Ballard Bridge in 2003 at a cost of $65,000, removed in February 2006 after severe windstorm damage, repaired and reinstalled in September 2008. The artist's statement describes the eight pieces as : A vibrant series of visual punctuation marks, the Ballard Gateway lines the bridge over which thousands of visitors and residents enter the Ballard neighborhood each day. Enlisting iconographic reminders of Ballard's birth--forests, logging and fishing, boat-building, metal fabrication and Scandinavian motifs, the Gateway celebrates the natural environment, embraces a colorful past, and welcomes confidence in the future.