Tom Askman
Firefighter Silhouette
1987

LOCATION
Fire Station 39
301 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

FUNDING SOURCE
Funded by Department of Administrative Services 1% for Art funds


Tom Askman created three eight-foot high silhouettes of firefighters, with bronze finish on zinc underlay, for Fire Station 10. The cutouts appear in second story corner niches on the outside of the building, and are back-lit at night.

In 1984, voters approved a bond issue that allowed for the renovation of 16 fire stations. Three artists, Tom Askman, Kenny Schneider and Ellen Ziegler, were chosen to work as a team on the project. The artists were asked to examine all of the fire stations and to select those they would like to work with. The artists selected five stations throughout the city: the old Fire Station 6 (no longer being used), Fire Station 13, Fire Station 17, Fire Station 41 and the old Fire Station 10 (now the Fire Station Headquarters).