Tuesday, August 17, 2010

At last!

On 23 JUN 2010, stone #11 was lowered into place and carefully aligned to complete the installation of "Straight Shot".  All twelve stones are now in place after some repair was done to stones #1, #4, and #7. These long summer days make it a great time to hike the newly completed wetlands in Warren G. Magnuson Park and sight through the completed artwork.   Stone #1 can be found at approx:
47 deg. 40' 26.33" N  122 deg. 15' 06.10" W   .  Here are some snaps from the install:

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

damage & repair

i returned from an artist residency on the east coast to find stone #5 face down in the mud. it appears to have been hit by a vehicle, but no one knows for sure. i contacted merlino const. to craft a suitable repair. working collaboratively with seattle parks and arts office, we decided to replace stone #5 completely using stone #11 which has been held in reserve. here are pictures. and yep, you can still sight through it.

stone 5 damage

proximity to roadway.

break at the top of the set pins.

remaining portion was jack hammered.

set pins exposed.

kenny operates backhoe while gordy aligns stone.

epoxy injected into pin holes.

kenny and gordy lookin' good.

installation complete.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

straight shot in the news

richard seven - seattle times, 30 may 07

charlene peters - marblehead reporter, 02 aug 07

gavin schrock - american surveyor, nov 07

Monday, November 12, 2007

around the world in 24 stones

greetings from the baseline. almost one year has passed since the installation of stones #1-10 & 12. at this moment, phase II construction in magnuson park is upon us. berger partnership has designed a beautiful network of trails, wetlands and space for stone #11. local surveyors have recertified the baseline to within 1/10th of a millimeter! if ever there were a known kilometer in the world, this is the one!

so, here's a thought. what if "straight shot" marked not just this kilometer...but a long string of kilometers from british columbia to mongolia, to antarctica, easter island and mercer island?. what if we were to continue the doubling distance between the stones and wrap the artwork around the world? what if?

Friday, May 25, 2007


thanks to gavin schrock for getting up way early to take this picture

WHEN: THURSDAY - 07 JUNE 2007 - 10:00A
WHERE: N47 40.438' W122 15.104'

the artwork now has a name and a place, and a party! "STRAIGHT SHOT" will be officially dedicated on thursday, june 7. please come celebrate! a map to get there is attached below, coordinates are above. press release and other details will be posted in the coming days. hope to see you on the 7th!

Friday, January 12, 2007

magic markers

installation is now complete for stones #1-10 and #12. pictures are below. yesterday, we had a wrap-up meeting to close out this phase of the project. gavin schrock, guy michelson, jon jainga, kim baker, and i met to review details and make plans for the installation of stone #11 (autumn 2007). we stayed on track through most of the meeting, but then drifted into musings on names for the artwork that are a little more zesty than "sightline: standing stones" (boring). my favorite was "magic markers". :) so..below are some images of the completed work with a title below, to try on for size. feel free to send me an email to cast your vote...or if you have any suggestions for a name, i would love to hear your thoughts.







Friday, January 05, 2007

dawn 'till dusk

it was a long day out in the wind and rain today. i'm not going to write much more except that it pleases me to no end to report that all eleven stones are now installed (the final stone will be installed in autumn 2008). our next work day will be tuesday, 09 JAN 07. we will finish grading and landscaping at that time. here are some shots from today:

7:30 - eric and maestro set stone #8

9:20 - stone #8-9 across the great meadow

10:05 - excavation for stone #12 on the sports meadow

14:19 - backfilling stone #7

15:08 - final grading - stones #1-4

17: 19 - maestro calls it a day