Reconciling the Pastoral With the Industrial in Seattle, Washington
Rich green spaces and gargantuan metallic structures wrestle for domination of the landscape along the banks of Lake Union in Seattle’s Gas Works Park. The park has ample space to fly kites, walk dogs, and enjoy picnics, all within view of a former coal refinery appropriated for public use and painted in cheerful colors. The juxtaposition of rolling green hills against sturdy (neon orange) oil drums makes for a whimsical urban playground. And—if you are so inclined—you can toss a frisbee before perusing the surprisingly in-depth informational plaques that detail process of turning coal into natural gas, complete with diagrams and science vernacular.