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Metropolis Fence

Peter Reiquam

King County International Airport

A fictional city skyline in cut steel draws inspiration from 1930s aviation posters.

Peter Reiquam, Metropolis Fence (detail), 2004. Laser cut and painted steel. King County International Airport, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

Towering thunderclouds. Sweeping searchlights. A vintage Boeing 307 in flight.

These are elements of the fictional skyline that stretches across the steel fence framing the public’s view of the King County airfield, linked to the main terminal building.

Peter Reiquam’s Metropolis Fence consists of three 4-foot by 8-foot panels, which are repeated twice over the fence’s 77-foot length. Inspired by 1930s aviation posters, the silhouetted water-jet cut imagery celebrates the wonders of modern flight and is in keeping with the architectural style of the terminal itself.
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Peter Reiquam, Metropolis Fence, 2004. Laser cut and painted steel. King County International Airport, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection Photo: joefreemanjunior.com
 
 

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King County International Airport

The site of the King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, has been a hotbed of aviation activity since the early 20th century when the flat land along the Duwamish River hosted early air shows. The location was home to the young Boeing Airplane Company before the citizens of King County voted in…

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