West Galer Flyover Sail Light Armatures

West Galer Flyover Sail Light Armatures

Where is it?

West Galer Street Flyover Queen Anne/Magnolia


1501 Elliott Ave W
WA 98119

About the Artwork

In "Sail Light Armatures" and "DNA Wave Wall," artist Vicki Scuri transforms an element of an otherwise utilitarian bridge with the application of a stylized wave pattern to retaining walls. Standard light poles are given artistic elaboration with custom brackets resembling both sails and marine animals. The nautical theme of the flyover acts as a gateway to the neighborhoods of Magnolia and Interbay and provides references to the nearby waterfront. Thick rope and tire treads form a relief on the cast concrete panels of the "Wave Wall." These panels are then repeated and turned, creating a pattern that simultaneously evokes sinuously curving waves and the helix of genetic material, alluding to the nearby large biotechnology firm, Amgen.

The three-dimensional symmetry and location-specific relevance of these elements highlights the bridge, subtly enhancing the user's experience through art.




Steel and Light


30' x 16' or 360" x 192"

Funding Source

Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art and construction funds, City of Seattle








Vicki Scuri

Artist Statement

These light armatures are derived from a hybrid of forms, including sail shapes, marine creatures, and more. Developed through a series of metaphoric, three-dimensional explorations in model making, the final form emerged, blending symmetry, with asymmetrical counterpoint. Taken as "skywriting," the Sail Light Armatures' marine shapes stand-out against the day or night sky, designating key places along the bridge: the crossing of Elliott Avenue, and the nearby beachfront, on the west. They provide a sculptural enhancement to roadway lighting, creating project identity.

Did you know?

The Seattle Transportation Department constructed the flyover to carry pedestrian and vehicular traffic over Elliott Avenue to sites developed by the Port of Seattle and Immunex along the water. Selected with the assistance of the Seattle Arts Commission, Vicki Scuri was contracted to Seattle Transportation, to develop integrated art.