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Comfort Zone

Sheila Klein

Harborview Medical Center

Steel textile patterns dress the Patricia Steel Building with intricate detail.

Sheila Klein. Comfort Zone, 2004. Steel fiber. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

Woven with custom-made stainless steel yarn, Comfort Zone lends meticulous architectural detail to the exterior of Harborview Medical Center’s Patricia Steel Building. Classic textile patterns—such as Brooks Bouquet, Spanish Lace, and Danish Medallion—appear in five 12-foot by 28-foot arched panels along Broadway. On Boren Avenue, a 30-foot by 30-foot crocheted piece hangs above the building’s entryway.

A skilled team of weavers—Peggy Bridgman, Sidney Dodge, Debra Lacey, Katharine Lewis, and Patricia McDonald—worked with Sheila Klein to create each of the works by hand. They used traditional frame looms that were reinvented to accommodate the heft of the steel fibers, made by the Belgium-based corporation BEKEART. The team also modified the looms’ shuttles to manage the warp and weft of the weighty yarn, adapting their techniques to suit the material.
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Sheila Klein. Comfort Zone (detail), 2004. Steel fiber. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com
Sheila Klein. Comfort Zone, 2004. Steel fiber. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com
Sheila Klein. Comfort Zone (detail), 2004. Steel fiber. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

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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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