Traveling Light - Linda Beaumont

Traveling Light - Linda Beaumont

The glowing transparency of the walls reveals a story rooted in the world of the Pacific Northwest.

Where is it?

Concourse A

Located between Checkpoints 1 and 2 beyond security, this work encompasses the entrance to escalators that take travelers down to the South Satellite Transit Station.

About the Art

This series of glass panels was created in honor of the Pacific Northwest old growth trees, "sacred to the First Peoples and a source of inspiration and commerce for those that followed."

The process of creating these enamel images has been in practice since the Middle Ages. Using different hues of green, amber, and brown frit (a mixture of silica and fluxes), Beaumont created the effect of dappled sunshine poking through these ancient trees. The layering of the translucent green frit is meant to symbolize Seattle, "The Emerald City," while the amber earthy shades provide a sense of warmth.

"Through rich color and patterns and soft sandblast imagery, the glowing transparency reveals a story of mythic proportion and a story rooted in the world of the Pacific Northwest." – Linda Beaumont

The Details

Artist

Linda Beaumont

Date

2003

Medium

​Silk screen glass panels (vitreous enamels, silver stain paint, etching on laminated glass)

Dimensions

10' high x over 350' wide (82 panels)

Did you know?

The image of the tree rings is taken from an actual source – a cross section of a Douglas fir that was cut in 1945 at the base of Mt. Rainier in Packwood, Washington. The cross section is now on display at the Tacoma Library. The tree was 586 years old and 238' tall. It is considered one of the largest trees ever cut down.

About the Artist

Defying the expectations of public art, Linda Beaumont combines traditional architectural materials with her personal flair to create emotive and evocative places. She stays involved with all phases of the project, from the initial design to the final installation, insisting that the collaborative efforts of the commission are vital to the final statement of a piece.

Short Bio

Inventing in both the technical and aesthetic realms, Linda creates work that is site-specific while simultaneously iconic and visually intimate, creating a private space within the public space. Linda Beaumont's public commissions can be found in Bellevue City Hall, Mukilteo's Sound Transit Station, and Safeco Field.

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Hear from Linda Beaumont about the incredible story behind her piece.

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Work by Linda Beaumont

Linda Beaumont has many public commissions throughout the area. It is the artist's intention that these public installations "make a space sing." To see more of Beaumont's work sing throughout the region, please visit Connected Stories below.

At the Airport

Follow the STQRY link below to see Linda Beaumont's mesmerizing designs of Spinning Our Wheels that await travelers at the Rental Car Facility.