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SoDo Barcode Artwork Installation Unveiled This Week

Sometimes it feels as if we live in a world full of codes. Barcodes, QR codes, zip codes, etc. Perhaps inspired by this, Merge Conceptual Design's Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt are ready to unveil their art installation "SODO" that will inhabit the Spokane Street Viaduct Widening Project site. The installation, which consists of over 500 painted columns, will be officially dedicated on Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. in a public ceremony under the Spokane St Viaduct at 1st Ave. S.

The barcode artwork acts as a way to label the 200 years of SoDo's history as well as the "medium to weave together the several layers of the site's identity into one narrative." Along with the barcodes, you'll also find icons that represents stories of SoDo's past as well as some hints as to what each event or moment the icon is speaking to.

There are nine themes that the artwork use to represent the cultural and natural history of the neighborhood. Another Man's Treasure, Forest of Stilts, Duck-Duck-Goose, Heavy Metal, Moved Mountain, Slowheel, Cuts and Hides and Liquid Land. As each theme becomes prevalent, the barcodes and artwork will change.

You'll be able to find the concrete columns along the Spokane Street Viaduct between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South.
· Barcodes at Spokane Street Viaduct decode SoDo's rich past [KOMO]