University of Washington graduate student Britton Shepard has turned a demolished site at 1121 Northeast 45th Street in the U-District into a thought-provoking art installation. He built boardwalks for safe passage through the rubble and excavated buried treasures from the ground: a piece of styled glass supposedly belongs to the art deco building that housed Clark’s Top Notch restaurant here decades ago.
The project, supported by WSECU credit union, which owns the lot and will build a 7-story office building here next year, is meant to make visitors reflect about places in transition and gain a better understanding about the changes in the urban landscape.
“People have emotional connections with the places where they live and they want those stories to be told,” said the aspiring landscape architect.
Shepard’s Site 1121 Field Notes installation wraps up Friday, March 25, with an open house from noon to 6 p.m.
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