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Seattle, Washington

Jennifer Dixon

Interurban Trail: Along the trail between North 110th Street and North 128th Street at Linden Avenue North, Between North 110th Street and North 128th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98133
Owner:  Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Date:  2008
Placement:  trails
Artwork Type:  metalwork, signage
Material:  aluminum (metal), vinyl, steel (alloy)
Description:  Artist Jennifer Dixon created FlipBooks, an artwork composed of several sets of signs, each forming an "animated" story as trail users walk, run or pedal past. Using the idiom of traffic signs and materials typically used by the Department of Transportation and found in urban landscapes, the work features stories of a fish swimming, a deer sprouting antlers, an erupting volcano fashioned from candy, a blossoming pom-pom tree, and a girl blowing bubbles. FlipBooks was created in conjunction with the construction of a bike path utilizing part of the Interurban Trail, an evolving regional trail system that, when completed, will extend from Seattle to Everett. The trail follows Interurban Trolley's route between Ballard and Bellingham in the first few decades of the 20th century.

According to Dixon: "I was inspired by a photograph in the collection at the Shoreline Historical Museum depicting a series of Burma Shave-style advertising signs along the original Interurban. I wanted to create a larger-than-life flipbook-style animation that would provide a continuous experience for users of the trail. The artwork whimsically invites a sense of movement and play along the public right-of-way."

Funding Source: Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art.

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