Black and White week at Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge is a great opportunity to share this companion piece to the Chinese Zodiac photo I posted a few days ago. Like the Zodiac this large brass inlay tile is set into a sidewalk in Seattle’s International District so if you have the opportunity to visit this part of the city be sure to look down!
One of my favorite public art installations in Seattle is the series of 11 Chinese dragons twisting and turning their way across light poles in Chinatown’s International District. Under the direction of chief designer Martin Brunt it took a team of sculptors, painters, boat builders and a feng shui expert two years to complete the 300 lb dragons and though the intricate details and carefully pained scales look delicate they are designed to withstand winds up to 90 mph.
This is my 4th image for the Black & White 5 Day Challenge and is posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale.
Looking down at the sidewalk can be just as interesting as looking up at the buildings in Seattle’s International District. This brass inlay of the Chinese Zodiac is set into the sidewalk along Maynard and I’m continuing my Black & White Challenge walk through Chinatown with this photo in honor of the upcoming Chinese New Year and the Year of the Goat/Sheep.