International District lights up

Feb 05, 2014
Photo by: Paul Archipley Drummers Nancy Ozaki and Gary Tsujimoto of One World Taiko in Seattle kick off the dedication ceremony in a “fat drum” way. The Japanese Taiko percussion, estimated to be more than 2,000 years old, is gaining worldwide renown.

The Edmonds International District is shining brighter thanks to the gateway enhancements project that added 14 new street light standards on the east side of SR 99 and eight 16-foot pedestrian light poles on the west side between 224th and 230th, all with banner signage to identify the district.

A dedication ceremony last week in front of the Ranch Market included Seattle artist Pam Beyette who created seven of the pedestrian lights, as well as a stand-alone sculptural piece on the traffic island at 76th to create a visual gateway for the district.

Titled “Eight Paths of Light,” the light elements and sculptural piece were designed to evoke the shared cultural symbols of light, celebration, abundance, harmony and joy, Beyette said.

Local businesspeople joined members of the Edmonds Arts Commission and the City’s Economic Development Department for the dedication. The project was funded with a $316,000 Federal Highway Enhancements grant.

The next phase will include new light standards and banners in the Health Care District to the north on SR 99.


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