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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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June 25, 2008

Design Perspectives: Is the design for Civic Square tower special enough?

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Robert Irwin’s artwork “Nine Spaces, Nine Trees” once stood next to the old Public Safety Building, which housed courts and detention facilities. The lush trees, centered within a grid of tall chain link fencing, seemed to represent nature itself — along with all things imprisoned.

The artwork now has a new home on the University of Washington campus, where it is on long-term loan from the city, and the Public Safety Building block is a hole in the ground. But 42 floors above the original site of Irwin’s work, trees may again serve a symbolic purpose, this time standing for sustainability.

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