Michael Harthorne
In June, local artist Kristen Ramirez was chosen to serve as the artist-in-residence in the Fremont Bridge's northeast tower to create a $20,000 public art piece. On Saturday, Sept. 26 she will present her Bridge Talks Back project, a three-minute audio composition.

Resident artist presents Bridge Talks Back project

After spending the summer above the Center of the Universe atop the northeast Fremont Bridge tower, Kristen Ramirez, resident artist for the city of Seattle, will be celebrating her temporary art project depicting the daily rhythms and sounds of the bridge.

Now in completion, Ramirez’s work, Bridge Talks Back, will be preceded by a colorful parade, pageantry and fanfare on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m.

In June, Ramirez was chosen by Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to serve as the artist-in-residence in the tower during the summer to create a $20,000 public art piece.

“As soon as I got into this space, I got to thinking that collecting sounds are interesting because it’s noisy in here," Ramirez previously told the Ballard News-Tribune. "Everybody has some story about this bridge and there’s a lot of different ways to experience it.”

Ramirez's three-minute audio composition will be played through the bridge’s sound system during daytime bridge openings.

“The sound collage includes clips of boat horns, bird songs, bridge bells and more,” according to a press release from the Seattle Department of Transportation. “People waiting for the bridge to open will also be able to dial a phone number (posted on road signs) to hear a version of the soundscape, which will include residents’ recorded musings about the bridge.”

To volunteer contact Kristen Ramirez at ktramirez@hotmail.com or visit her blog at www.thebridgereport.blogspot.com.

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