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NWCOC Events in Review: Sound Exploration
By Lincoln Sarmanian (Vashon Island, WA) with added details by Katherine Enos (Seattle, WA)
It was a busy fall season for
the NWCOC, with not just one, but two fall driving events! The first,
a trip to Tacoma to explore Point Defiance Park and the new Museum of
Glass, was held on Saturday September 28th, 2002. This event allowed
members to explore parts of the Puget Sound area of Northwestern
Washington State. NWCOC members Katherine Enos, Axel Kaliske, Mark
Lally, Lincoln Sarmanian, and Uschi Walter gathered at Coastal Kitchen
in Seattle, for breakfast. Henry and Leena Reed, who had a Finnish
friend in tow, soon joined us. The driving instructions and maps were
distributed; a minor detour mapped out, and off we went! With the
exception of Mark anyway, driving his speedy CX, who departed to run
errands and would meet up with us later in Point Defiance Park.
The remainder of the drive
followed the coastline of the Sound to the extent possible, with
periodic views of Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains. The scenery
then changed to seedy industrial storage areas as we passed by Tacoma
docks for an anticipatory glimpse of the Museum of History and the
Tacoma Museum of Glass. Then we were back to following the coastline
of the Sound through an area that until recently was full of derelict
docks and piers but has been cleaned up some and now sports several
trendy restaurants and a popular strip park along the shoreline.
Then the scenery returned to dilapidated facilities, the remnants of the old smelter, and the infamous tunnel that, in days past, was covered with phosphorescent green slime. We emerged from the tunnel for a short drive through Ruston, pausing then at the entrance to Point Defiance Park to re-group with Mark. Amazingly, we arrived at the meeting point within 15 minutes of the schedule, amazing given we had made two unplanned stops.
Owen's Beach was our first
stop in Point Defiance Park, and here Doug Hunter and Carol Jurris
joined us. We took an hour to hike along the beach, admiring and
walking over driftwood, picking blackberries, and the like. It was a
good thing that we turned to move on to our picnic grounds when we did
since we were out of beach trail! We traveled the park road through
beautiful old growth forest to congregate at the Tacoma Narrows
Viewpoint for a picnic lunch. John McMillan and Mary Manning also
joined us at this point.
Following lunch, we drove through the remainder of the park and then backtracked along the Sound shore to the Tacoma Museum of Glass.
The museum is reached by walking across a footbridge that spans I-705 from the History Museum. The bridge is decorated with modern glass, including four 20' blue glass sculptures that look like giant rock candy treats, complete with the stick!
I, for one, was initially disappointed with the Tacoma Museum of Glass. First of all, that is not the real name, but is simply the part of it that that are pushing in their advertising. The proper name is The International Center for Contemporary Art, a place that houses some glass works and a glass-blowing arena. The new building consists of a large, rectangular structure that contains the museum, a coffee shop, a gift shop, meeting rooms, and the exhibit hall. Adjacent and connected to this structure is the giant cone-shaped glass-blowing arena (which, to Katherine's mind, appeared like something akin to a Roman coliseum for modern day gladiators who spun foils tipped with hot glass).
Once inside, the lobby
consumed what was probably half of the structure. The bathrooms were
located down a hallway that for some reason ran almost the complete
length of the building (a city block long) for no apparent reason
other than to keep them from being accessible. While wandering through
the exhibits, we ran into NWCOC member Frank Higgins. The first part
of the exhibit contained glass pieces from two Czech artists. The
remainder of the exhibit space was filled with painting and other
works by John Cage and other modernists. Everyone agreed that the best
thing in the museum was the kinetic sculpture whose animation was
intensified by the pulse of a strobe light.
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