Precise Replica

Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

“I have been long fascinated by the enormous train tunnel running beneath downtown Seattle. I wanted to use this opportunity to create a monumental and compelling sensory experience: I wanted to put a train tunnel in an art gallery! Making completely from scratch something so huge and complex was challenging in virtually every facet of its creation: its size, the parameters and obstructions in the MadArt Studio; the technical aspects of sound, lighting and automation—absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

—Rick Araluce, who unveiled a replica of the 111-year-old railway track and its tunnel last month at MadArt Studio in South Lake Union. Parts of the original track are visible in Pioneer Square, from the back decks of the art galleries located there. The Great Northern is on view through Feb. 27.

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