An Ombrae architectural feature wall adorns the east entrance of this Sound Transit station, featuring one of Seattle's most legendary musical icons Jimi Hendrix. With artwork by artist Hank Willis Thomas, the mural is a collage of portraits taken at the peak of Hendrix's fame, rendered in bronze-toned metal Ombrae panels. The work is an extention for Thomas' ongoing explorations of the interactions between identity, commerce, and the media.
Given the prominent overhang roof surrounding the narrow vertically-oriented feature wall, the natural daylighting was always going to have changing qualities on the overall lighting of the Ombrae surface. However, this constraint presented the opportunity for more abstractions and inversions inherent in the Ombrae Scupltural Imaging™ technology. At various times of the year, times of day, and weather conditions (in addition to the viewer's standing position) the mural appears ever-changing. The portraits remain visible even in dark shadow, almost subtly evoking the ghost of Hendrix, still very much alive in the hearts and minds of the residence of his hometown.
“My aim is to further highlight how deeply rooted Hendrix' music and artistic voice is in the city of Seattle and the surrounding community.”
HANK WILLIS THOMAS - Visual Artist
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