Subterranium, 2016. University of Washington Station, Sound Transit. Aluminum, Polycarbonate. 44’ x 109’ x 34’. Photo by Mark Woods.

Subterranium, 2016. University of Washington Station, Sound Transit. Aluminum, polycarbonate. 44’ x 109’ x 34’. Photo by Mark Woods.

As King County grows, transit is growing with it—on land and on the water. Water Taxis, managed by the King County Department of Transportation Marine Division, currently depart from downtown Seattle’s Pier 50 and head to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal and West Seattle’s Seacrest dock. In response to a 9.5% increase in ridership between 2014 and 2015 and expected continued growth, a new multimodal terminal is being designed as part of the larger Washington State Ferries Colman Dock preservation project.

We’re excited that public art will be an essential component of this project, and we are pleased to announce that Leo Berk has been selected to provide permanent work of art for the new Water Taxi terminal! Artwork will serve as a welcoming gateway, a visual indication that a uniquely Northwest journey and experience is about to begin, whether passengers are departing or arriving.

Leo is no stranger to creating art for transit. If you’ve travelled through the new LINK light rail station at the University of Washington, which opened in March of this year, you’ve encountered his immersive and dazzling piece, Subterranium. Over the course of the selection process, Leo discussed the transition from land to water and back again that happens when travelling on the Water Taxi, and his personal connection with that experience, sharing, “As an avid cyclist living in Seattle, one of my favorite local bike trips is to take the ferry to Vashon to ride its bucolic roads. There is an undeniably transformative feeling—a shift in psyche—when the ship leaves the terminal and is free from land. Once the ferry arrives at its destination, there is the comforting feeling of being connected to land again, with the distinct difference that the journey has refreshed and rebooted my body and mind.”

We can’t wait to see how Leo will bring this feeling to life at the King County Seattle Ferry Terminal at Colman Dock, and how travelers will get to experience it! Design is set to be completed early next year. Stay connected with us to see how the project unfolds.