10. The Chinook Building

10. The Chinook Building

The Chinook Building houses King County Health and Community services offices. Artwork is installed on the exterior and in main and elevator lobbies.

Location

401 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Photographic Etchings

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Where Are They?

The Photographic Etchings line the outside wall of The Chinook Building on the North and South facades.

Glenn Rudolph photographic etchings

Glenn Rudolph, Brewing Storm, Pacific Coast Trail (north wall); Stand of Firs, Cumberland (north wall); Longacres, Kent (south wall), 2008

Glenn Rudolph has been documenting the Pacific Northwest since the late 1960's. His photographs have been referred to as "short stories," telling the tales of our changing landscape, climate and culture as suburbs encroach on forests, and farmlands disappear.

On the south side of the building is a long horizon view of a tree line outside the former Longacres Racetrack in Tukwila. On the north side are two images: the vertical image is a dramatic shot of an electrical storm in the woods from the east side of King County, high up on Stampede Pass. The second image is a long view of the hills above Black Diamond east of Cumberland. Sandblasted into the granite at the base of the building and enhanced with white pigment, the photographer's compositions and narrative content are extended into the built environment through the innovative use of scale and material.

The original photographs were purchased as part of the commission and installed in the first floor hallways, making an intimate foil for Rudolph's moody, elegiac exterior. King County Public Art Collection (4Culture).

Listen to Glenn Rudolph

The artist talks about his fascination with documenting the Kent Valley as it changed over the decades.

Glenn Rudolph

Glenn Rudolph

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Where Is It?

Confluence is located on the ceiling of the Chinook Building lobby. Rotations is installed on a wall adjacent to a lobby seating area.

About Confluences & Rotations

A sitting area in one end of the lobby is animated by an illuminated steel wall sculpture entitled Rotations. Its surface design echoes the movement in Confluences and completes the connection of the artwork to the building's occupants and users. The artist was asked to activate the streetscape with her design. Confluences and Rotations are visible from the street and have a serene and welcoming presence by day and at night.

King County Public Art Collection (4Culture).

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13 Visionaries are located in the elevator lobbies of the 13 floors of the Chinook Building.

About 13 Visionaries

13 Visionaries celebrates thirteen citizens who have made significant contributions to the life of King County. Gene Gentry McMahon's bold and sensitive portraits of community activists, spiritual, political and community leaders, an author, and the city of Tolt assist in orientation within the building and provide biographical information.

McMahon worked closely with her fabricators Shane Lowe and Kelly Lowe (flyLo) who crafted the steel cases, and Leslie Hoge, graphic designer. The Chinook Building honorees, beginning on floor 1, are Ivan Doig, Tyree Scott, the City of Tolt, Bernice Stern, Jean Hueston, John Spellman, Father Peter Francis Hylebos, Ruby Chow, Abe Morris, Barry Bianchi, Bernie Whitebear, Anna Herr Clise, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney.

King County Public Art Collection (4Culture).

Directions to the NEXT STOP

Exit The Chinook Building the same way you came in. Go left to the traffic light and cross 5th Avenue. The small glass building just at the corner is the walkway to the King County Parking Garage and the location of Chinook Lights (although you will see Tumbling Figures - Five Stages on the exterior of the garage, above and beyond the small glass building).