Harborview Medical Center
Like a waterfall of steel, titanium panels line the underside of the pedestrian bridge connecting the Norm Maleng Building to Harborview’s western campus.
A monumental sculpture of titanium and steel ties the Norm Maleng Building to Harborview’s western campus, integrated into the pedestrian bridge over 9th Avenue.Inspired by the physical and poetic properties of water, a series of stacked and overlapping titanium panels line the underside of the bridge, appearing to flow and undulate like a dry riverbed that culminates in a “waterfall” of steel. At night, theatrical blue LEDs illuminate the artwork—a collaboration with project architects NBBJ—connecting the bridge with the night sky and creating a tranquil effect for passersby.
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Water is often used as a metaphor for life in art and garden design. In Japanese gardens, the primary influence in Beliz Brother’s juxtaposition of elements in Bridge, absence is as important as any stones or plants because open space leaves a place for the eye to rest and the soul to recharge.
About the Location
Harborview Medical Center For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…
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