photo of Shift, public art at Lynnwood Transit Center

Location: Lynnwood Regional Express Transit Center,


Lynnwood WA

Medium: fabricated steel, epoxy paint, mercury halide and sodium vapor lights

Dimensions: Each sculpture identical: 30’H x 10’W x 10’D

Project Budget: $200,000

Date of Completion: 2003

Client: Sound Transit

Design Team: Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Architects

Description: Two beacon/lamps, 30’ tall and 8’ in diameter, mark the entries to the Lynnwood Transit Center and Park & Ride, and serve as visual interventions of pedestrian safety. Situated at key crosswalk intersections, the beacons mark the spot for motorists and pedestrians to stop, shift gears, and pay attention. The beacon towers are formally constructed as “gear shafts”. However, their silhouettes morph into the shapes suggesting the domestic gatepost or lamps of the early 20th century, the era of Lynnwood’s suburban trolley car system.