Derek Bruno and Gage Hamilton are a team of design artists for the Pike Pine Streetscape and Bicycle Improvements project. They are working with the project team to develop artwork that will unify Pike and Pine streets, creating a legible path from Capitol Hill through the downtown retail core to Pike Place Market and to the waterfront. They also collaborated with the community to define what tools, landmarks, and environmental cues were used to navigate public places.
Exploring analog energy in its most fundamental expression, the foundation of our concept is illustrated in sine wave and triangle wave line forms. These waveforms are the building blocks of how we experience light, sound, and vibrations. The evidence of this energy is manifested and recorded in nearly everything that we encounter, from the everchanging, rhythmic movement of water to the subtle shifts in geological structure that grounds our surrounding environment. This elemental resonance connects us to all of the natural world and our shared perception of all that we experience outside of ourselves. By focusing on these refined forms, we seek to unify the visual landscape of the Pike + Pine corridor and build continuity from Pike Place Market to Capitol Hill.
Nearing the sound on the West end of the corridor, the line form pattern takes the shape of sine waves, correlating to water. As we move East towards Capitol Hill, the line form transitions to a triangle wave, with its sharp peaks correlating to mountains. By creating this visual vocabulary, we are able to promote an identity and continuity of experience through each block of the Pike + Pine corridor.
"We have a shared desire to affect positive change in the way we interact with the built environment; specifically, reimagining public spaces with the value of an art-driven vision to strengthen community"
The artists have proposed to have this cohesive visual language expressed on key locations along the corridor, such as on bicycle buffers, planters, and overpass railings.