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Newsreaders

Christian Moeller

Atlantic/Central Base

With the simplest of materials, a block-long chain link fence is transformed into a pixelated canvas.

Christian Moeller. News Readers, 2006. Plastic discs and chain link fencing. Atlantic/Central Base, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

Portraits of bus riders reading magazines stretch across the 625-foot long chain link fence that surrounds King County Metro’s Atlantic/Central Base. They appear pixelated and semitransparent like a colossal bitmap painting, moving in and out of focus as viewers pass by the transit facility at Royal Brougham and 6th Avenue South.

Based on four original photographs, Christian Moeller’s Newsreaders is composed of more than 54,000 plastic discs attached to the fence, translating digital imagery into a tactile experience that effectively takes the digital world offline. What are these bus riders reading? What news can be seen in their expressions? What is the resolution of these portraits in pixels per yard?
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Christian Moeller. News Readers, 2006. Plastic discs and chain link fencing. Atlantic/Central Base, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com
Christian Moeller. News Readers (detail), 2006. Plastic discs and chain link fencing. Atlantic/Central Base, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com
Christian Moeller. News Readers (detail), 2006. Plastic discs and chain link fencing. Atlantic/Central Base, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: joefreemanjunior.com

About the Location

Atlantic/Central Base

The Atlantic/Central Base is a 24-hour employee services center for King County’s Department of Metro Transit. It combines two bus bases—Atlantic and Central—where some 1,200 drivers and other staff pick up route assignments, take breaks between shifts, socialize, train, and stock up on supplies. Buses and trolleys have been serviced at this site since 1941.…

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