The Friday Ad Hoc group of Seattle Urban Sketchers met to sketch the Amazon Spheres under construction.  I hadn’t been feeling well the past couple weeks (a cold) and I was dreading the high heat.  For most of our sketch outing, though, it was warm but there was a breeze so it wasn’t uncomfortable.  As I headed home about 1400 it was getting hotter.  Once at my car, it’s gage said 91 degrees (30 C !).

First, I left early enough to do another sketch in my series on the art in the light rail stations.  This is “Soundings” by Clark Wiegman at the Tukwila station.

I arrived at the construction site early enough to get started on my first sketch by about 0900.  There are 3 spheres and each of them here is at a different point in construction.

The block features three 80-to-90-foot-tall (24 to 27 m), 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) glass spheres facing Lenora Street that will house five stories of flexible work space for 1,800 employees and retail.  Here are couple recent articles about them:

I walked down the street looking for another view and saw this section being craned into place!  Once it got close, it seemed to hold for a while, long enough for me to gt a sketch.

The third sketch of the day is the least finished sphere with a big crane next to it.  I thought of Tina, who likes to sketch cranes. From where I sat on the sidewalk, I could see 10 cranes at different construction sites!

We gathered again to share sketches and have a group photo.  Several sketchers reported being asked about our group.  I had a couple construction workers want to see my finished sketches.

We shared lunch at the Home Remedy sandwich shop. As was Tina’s experience, Tom Douglas himself made my grilled cheese sandwich!

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 Spheres

  1. The spheres are so interesting and watching them being constructed must be great. Are they similar to the eco-spheres that are in Singapore? That’s what they remind me of. Nice sketches of them and the activity around them. Hope your cold is better.

  2. miatagrrl says:

    Great sketches, Kate! And bonus celebrity sandwich! 😉


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