UW-T Campus: Ghost Prairie


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Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line

Thoughtbarn installation speaks to the railroad line’s namesake. Inspired by the mysterious Mima mounds located south and the plight of the prairie, our public art installation introduces a piece of ‘artificial prairie’ along the rails of the Prairie Line Trail in downtown Tacoma. It is a playful referral to both the railroad’s history and its new landscape-driven future as a bike and pedestrian path through the city. For its duration the colorful, intriguing object(s) will catch the eye of local pedestrians and drivers. They will draw attention to the oft-overlooked railroad which nonetheless defines Tacoma’s history. Those most curious can get up close to run their hands along the ‘grasses’, which will also glow at night. Artists: Thoughtbarn (Lucy Begg, Robert Gay)