Ice Cube

So, I read this story in Citylab, about a 10-ton block of ice being deposited in Pioneer Square. Of course, I had to make a detour on my way home from work to go see it.

How often do you get to see a ten-ton block of ice?

I caught a Link light rail train (which was jam-packed) from Pioneer Square Station to International District/Chinatown Station, crossed the bridge over Union Station, and walked to Occidental Square.

The installation, titled “ICE CUBE”, was placed by the architecture firm Olson Kunig. It’s part of this weekend’s Seattle Design Festival.

Apparently, it’s going to be there until it melts. The question is: How long will it take for ten tons of ice to melt?

There were other design installations being set up in the square, but since the festival officially opens tomorrow, they were in various states of construction, and I couldn’t get a good look at any of them.

ICE CUBE was there, however. To be fair, it wasn’t a 10-ton block of ice, but rather several blocks of ice creating a 10-ton cube. It was impressive, though.

After snapping a few photos, I caught the First Hill Streetcar (which was full for most of the trip, but not packed) from the start of the line at First and Jackson to the end of the line at Broadway and Denny, and walked home from there.

The detour home was worth it.


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