Glacial Facade, Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride, Issaquah, WA
The Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride cuts the crest of the Sammamish Plateau like the glaciers that inspired Ned Kahn’s installation on the structure’s façade. Shifting with light and weather conditions from opaque to transparent, Glacial Façade’s surface undulates in the breeze as if made of cloud or water. Matching the drama of the site and marrying inspiration to technical invention, Kahn’s artwork presents a constantly changing face to the daily commuter and one-time visitor alike, and transforms a simple concrete structure into a luminous presence in this new and expanding Eastside neighborhood. Completed in 2006.