At this station, you'll want to keep your eyes down -- because Scott Parsons's "Ha-no-oo Star Calender" lies beneath your feet. We looked up Parsons, so that we could talk with the artist about the vision behind this piece.
Westword: Where are you from? Where do you reside now?
Scott Parsons:I lived in Denver my whole life, except the past eight years near Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
How did your collaboration with RTD come about?
I received about five posters in the mail to apply for this project, so it was something I thought I better pay attention to and I applied for it.
How did you come up with the Idea for this piece?
Thinking about light rail trains and how people move around on the landscape made me think about how people navigated the landscape in the past using the stars.
What or who inspired this piece? And how?
There were over 50 elders and speakers of 21 languages who shared their star knowledge.
When people are on their daily journey and walk past your work, what do you hope they are thinking and feeling?
One gesture: I hope they look up after looking down at the artwork, especially at night, and maybe see a star or two in the sky. Maybe even pausing for a second to think about the history of this place. How places come to have names. And why?
How do you feel about public transportation?
What is your favorite piece of public art?
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Ken Little's "Mesa" at the Seattle Zoo. A requiem to extinction that sneaks up on you while you are having a picnic at the zoo. To view more of Scott Parsons's work visit his website.