From the 18-foot Fremont Troll squashing a Volkswagen Beetle to a statue of Lenin towering over a public plaza, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood (self-proclaimed “The Artists Republic of Fremont”) is well-known for its quirky public art. With the Burke-Gilman Trail running along its perimeter, the neighborhood is also known for its passion for bicycling.
Today, these two loves are married in a bike-rack-meets-sculpture installation called “Within Reach,” unveiled by Kilroy Realty Corporation at its Fremont Lake Union Center property in celebration of Bike to work Day on Friday, May 17th.
“Fremont is the epicenter of Seattle’s biking community,” said Jon Shepherd, project manager with Kilroy Realty Corporation. “To celebrate this cycling spirit, we partnered with local artist Troy Pillow to design a bike rack in the form of a sculpture that is located in close proximity to the popular Burke-Gilman trail and biker-friendly Fremont Bridge.”
With the sculpture also functioning as a bike rack, the art helps illustrate Kilroy Realty Corporation’s commitment to sustainability through methods such as alternative transportation. The sculpture also serves as a “check-in” location for Geocaching, a worldwide GPS signal adventure created by Fremont Lake Union Center tenant, Groundspeak.
Kilroy Realty Corporation acquired the Fremont Lake Union Center properties – which consists of three buildings and is home to Adobe, Tableau and Groundspeak – in 2012. The “Within Reach” installation is located on the northwest corner of the 701 building near the Fremont Bridge. The company began purchasing commercial office properties in the Puget Sound Region at the end of 2010.
Since then, Kilroy Realty Corporation has acquired over 2 million square feet of office space with properties in South Lake Union, Downtown Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Fremont.
“As a local artist, it’s an honor to create an installation for this community,” said Pillow. “Fremont is known for its cycling culture and appreciation of art and ’Within Reach’ was created in celebration of both – in a style that was inspired by nature’s simple movement.”