City Hall exhibit documents light rail construction, diverse community

Sound Transit and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs join forces this fall to exhibit the work of renowned local photographers Peter de Lory and Joanne Petrina in their efforts to photograph the human side of the massive civil construction project that is Link light rail. The exhibition of black-and-white photographs, Link in Process + Rainier Valley Narrative, will be on display at Seattle City Hall in the lobby and the Anne Focke Gallery, 600 4th Ave., Sept. 5 to Oct. 30. Join the artists for a reception and refreshments from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the City Hall lobby.

"The work of these artists gives us lasting images of the people who are building light rail and a window into the lives of people in one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods the system will serve," said Seattle Mayor and Sound Transit Board member Greg Nickels.

Peter de Lory, Sound Transit's photographer in residence, captures on film the immense human effort involved in building a regional mass transit system. In this collection of photographs, he focuses on light rail construction activities over the past four years between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport. The images captured by de Lory reveal the quickly forgotten, often manual tasks that collectively create major infrastructure.

Link light rail will run for about four miles along the Martin Luther King Jr. Way Boulevard in the Rainier Valley. It was in this richly diverse neighborhood that Joanne Petrina found inspiration for her photo essay Rainier Valley Narrative. Over the last four years, she photographed first-generation immigrant residents and learned about their experiences of journeying to and living in the United States. Told in their own words, these stories individually and collectively provide a poignant, thought-provoking perspective of our society's struggle with immigration and what it means to live in America.

Link light rail construction between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac International Airport is approximately 75 percent complete and scheduled to open for service by the end of 2009.

See more images from de Lory's Link in Process here, and learn more about Petrina's Rainier Valley Narrative here. Rainier Valley Narrative is sponsored by Sound Transit and a grant from the Open Society Institute, A Soros Foundation.

< Back