This temporary public art piece was designed to bring attention to the Prairie Line Trail project on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The installation featured a mesh construction banner spanning a sky bridge. An image of Abraham Lincoln shows the president’s eyes looking down at the trail.
Day and evening photos of art placement on the exterior walkway of UW campus Tacoma, WA, intersecting the Prairie Line Trail. Project was completed during PA:ID program and was conceived by team members Diane Hansen, Ed Kroupa, and Jeremy Gregory. Photo includes a temporary art installation by ThoughtBarn Design Team (Lucy Begg and Robert Gay).
“Lincoln originally signed the charter to connect the east and west coast via railroad,” explains Diane. “The Prairie Line Trail takes that original charter and re-envisions it, turning an abandoned rail bed that was part of the transcontinental route and turning it into a walking trail.” Without showing judgment, the piece positions Lincoln as looking down at the contemporary outcome of his legacy. It leaves it up to the viewer to imagine what the president may have thought.