Thread and Needle
Artist: David Dahlquist
Location: 28th Avenue and Park Plaza
Installed fall of 2012, Thread, the 28th Avenue Connector Bridge Enhancement and Needle Transit Shelters are located at Park Plaza and the 28th-31st Avenue Bridge, now known as the Francis S. Guess Connector. Using sewing, threads and knot tying as a metaphor, Thread and Needle speaks to the underlying purpose of the bridge and the project as a whole. Intended to connect two formerly separated neighborhoods and cultural areas, the bridge and artwork bring the community together in a myriad of ways. Thread (bridge) is composed of 150 steel panels featuring different sewing motifs, making a quilt-like pattern across the bridge. The steel plate quilt patterns were inspired by and developed through a series of community workshops held in 2011. Needle (transit shelter) features a large scale sewing needle and images of knots and threads echoing the themes and symbols depicted in the bridge artwork.