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City Fragment

Lead Pencil Studio

Troy Block

As an homage to the past, thousands of steel rods hover ghost-like, ever changing with the weather and light.

Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by Steve Hanson.

Located in the courtyard at the top of the Boren hill climb on South Lake Union’s Troy Block, this sculpture hovers like a delicate pencil drawing, infinitely mutable and almost ghost-like. Made of thousands of small, blackened stainless steel rods, it changes dramatically depending on the weather and time of day. From the base of the sculpture, integrated LEDs sweep the surface of the steel, rendering it white.

City Fragment was inspired by the tall, narrow shape of the Troy Block courtyard as well as by artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo’s ongoing interest in small-scale, informal architecture that develops organically in commercial districts—such as newspaper stands, kiosks, transit stops, comfort stations, and parking attendant huts. The artists see these structures as “icons for a transformed neighborhood.”
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Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by @wiseknave.
Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by Steve Hanson.
Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by Steve Hanson.
Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by @wiseknave.
Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by @wiseknave.
Lead Pencil Studio | Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo. City Fragment, 2017. Stainless-steel, integrated lighting. Photo by @wiseknave.

About the Location

Troy Block

For nearly a century, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was sparsely dotted in low-slung industrial and commercial buildings. In recent years the area has rapidly transformed into a densely packed hub of social science and high-tech office towers peppered with mixed-use housing and retail. The Troy Block—a full city block on a steep slope with…

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