“Engine 32 ½”
an integrated Public Art Installation created for
West Seattle Fire Station 32
Website :: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Engineered Artworks will create a large-scale fabricated steel version of a wooden toy fire truck for Fire Station 32. Inspired by historic fire trucks of the late 1920s and 1930s, “Engine 32 ½” will be modeled after the original Engine 32 that Captain Steve Sanislo operated out of this station for many years… a 1924 Seagrave Apparatus. “Engine 32 ½” will be a custom designed and fabricated idealized version of a real vintage fire truck built to ½ scale with a toy-makers detailed aesthetic… endowing it with a sense of play, whimsy and imagination. The ladders of “Engine 32 ½” will extend, stretch and come alive behind the apparatus, organically and impossibly creeping across the outer wall of the firehouse. The extension of the ladders behind the truck represents the speed and urgency of the Fire Fighter’s mission. The overall shape of the ladders emulate a chaotic abstract flame. Fire is one of the most important elements to man and a catalyst for many aspects of creation, and it is also one of nature’s most destructive forces.
Designed to inspire and reflect the surrounding community, this piece acts as a nod to West Seattle fire fighters of the past, and an inspiration to the future fire fighters of tomorrow. The location I have chosen will be highly visible to the surrounding community and act as an intriguing point of interest that will draw people in from Alaska Street as they walk or drive past the station. The headlights of the truck will be fully operational, lighting the main entrance-way for nighttime visits to the Fire House.