On the bus trip back to Seattle, I was absorbed by the (fairly) unobstructed views over Lake Union, thinking how clearly visible the Space Needle is even at such a distance, when this industrial building, looking very much like a power plant, with six smokestacks that didn’t seem to work, caught my eye. Then I saw Zymogenetics written on two of the smokestacks, covering their full length… What a strange name for a power plant, I thought, coming straight out of a science-fiction script. Somehow, it reminded me of the Zygons, those shape-shifting aliens from outer space, in Doctor Who.

Curious about the building (but mostly its alien-sounding name), I looked it up: ZymoGenetics, Inc was one of the oldest biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies in the USA, now closed at this address after its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, another American pharmaceutical company, headquartered in New York City. The building, or parts of it, was taken over by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the country’s leading cancer research institutions. (source: Wikipedia & GeekWire)

Bus-ride from Everett to Seattle, WA

June 14th, 2018

MoPOP by Frank Gehry

Retro futura vibes in the heart of Seattle: Space Needle, the Monorail and Frank Gehry’s Museum of Pop Culture. A spot of time travel in only a few steps. We set out to discover whether they are as fun on the inside as their awesome exteriors suggest.

”When Frank O. Gehry began designing the museum, he was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience. He purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.”

Perhaps that was also what inspired the artist of this monumental sound sculpture at the entrance of the museum.

If VI Was IX
The Roots and Branches Sculpture
Artist & Composer: Trimpin

”This sculpture is composed of nearly 700 instruments. Forty are custom-made, computer-controlled self-playing guitars, which perform a series of Trimpin’s compositions expressive of the roots of American popular music.”

Seattle, WA

June 13th, 2018

Salt Lake City || The Temple

But, first, a view of the exterior of the grand Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the interior of which we explored yesterday, then the simple vertical lines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Church Office Building, its minimal design in contrast to its convoluted name; and, finally, the most sacred of them all, the Salt Lake Temple; a place of worship and, as such, open only to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and certainly not to tourists. For the curious, there’s always the South Visitors’ Center, where a scale model of the temple and its interior is available for all to see. That’s where we’re going tomorrow. But, for now, please enjoy the views from the Temple grounds.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

June 6th, 2018