WWSCD at Gates

Urban Sketchers Seattle spent the World Wide Sketch Crawl Day (WWSCD) #49 at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center.

On the way there, walking across Seattle Center, I saw an opportunity to do a new sketch for the Urban Sketchers flickr group’s weekly theme: “reflections”.   This is the Experience Music Project (EMP) buildings.  The blue one is reflected in the red one.  A monorail runs through it.

Most of the exhibits in the visitor center are interactive. As such, there aren’t many artifacts to sketch.  This group interested me.  In particular, the two containers on the left, in combination – one inside the other – can keep vaccines cold for 30 days with no electricity. On the right is a “box that saves lives”.  “When conflict or natural disaster drives people from their homes, they often end up in refugee camps. Until they can go home, the ShelterBox gives them basic protection and supplies.”

One artifact I didn’t attempt was the Iron Lung.  This is how polio patients in 1950’s were kept alive when they couldn’t breath.  Think about spending days, or even months, inside one.

There was some unexpected rain and when it stopped, I ventured outside to explore the Gates Foundation buildings.  I saw another opportunity for a reflection… this time the Space Needle reflected in the windows of the Gates Foundation office building.

We met back to share sketches and have a group photo.

More photos here


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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2 Responses to WWSCD at Gates

  1. joantav says:

    Great job on the refections on the buildings!!! Bravo! I find reflections hard to do but you nailed them.

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