ROAD TO NOWHERE
In 2019, I photographed the last days of the Alaska Way Viaduct, an iconic structure along the waterfront edge of Seattle, as it was unwoven from the fabric of the city. I photographed the entire demolition process until the last of the long elevated highway was removed, ground down to rubble, and in turn used to fill in the condemned Battery Street Tunnel beneath downtown. During the weeks after the Viaduct had closed to traffic but before demolition began, I made multiple walks along the entire lower level of the highway, photographing back at the city. This vista, a cinematic slice of Seattle framed top and bottom by the Brutalist structure of the Viaduct, had been an iconic perspective for anyone traveling along the highway as it made its way, at times within feet, passed the city. These photographs offer a visual reminder of that shared and unique perspective, now a part of the city's collective history. My thanks to the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for their support of this commission. A short film documenting the project can be viewed here.