Lead Pencil Studio
The almost ghost-like sculpture changes dramatically depending on the time of day and Seattle’s weather.
Located in the courtyard at the top of the Boren hillclimb, Lead Pencil Studio’s sculpture is constructed of thousands of small, blackened stainless-steel rods seemingly hovering in space. Resembling smaller-scale architecture that develops organically over decades—newspaper stands, kiosks, transit stops—City Fragment mirrors the reinvention of its South Lake Union neighborhood, from industrial warehouses to high-rise offices and residential towers. What is a memory for some is only an abstract idea for those who moved here recently.