The Wall of Death
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''The Wall of Death'' is a permanently sited public art installation〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Office of Arts & Culture - Seattle - Public Art - Other )〕 located under the University Bridge (Seattle) alongside the Burke-Gilman Trail and NE 40th Street in the University District, Seattle. It was designed and built by Mowry Baden and his son, Colin, in 1993.
The installation is a representation of the structure used to perform the motorcycle and miniature automobile stunt, the wall of death. It includes the cylinder itself on the south side of the Burke-Gilman Trail, as well as a concrete ramp to the north of the trail, which includes a "series of stylized metal chairs mounted to the existing concrete bridge columns〔" and serves as the stands from which the stunts were viewed. The ramp provided a spot for skateboarders to ride, but after seven complaints and a head-on collision between a skateboarder and a cyclist in 2008,〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Who Killed The Wall of Death? - Slog - The Stranger - Seattle's Only Newspaper )〕 The Seattle Department of Transportation installed a rock barrier to deter skateboarders from interacting with the art.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=City Destroys Famous Skate Spot - Slog - The Stranger - Seattle's Only Newspaper )〕〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=RIP Wall of Death - Slog - The Stranger - Seattle's Only Newspaper )〕 Although Mowry Baden had intended the installation to be used by skateboarders, he agreed that public safety was more important and met with the city in December 2008, to discuss updating it.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=Wall of Death Artist Says Sculpture Was Designed With Skaters In Mind )〕 Twenty-five concrete parking stops were then added to the sculpture, making it impossible to skate on.
The location was said by ''Seattle Weekly'' to tie with the Fremont Troll for the worst site for public art in Seattle.
Citizens have called the piece "sinister, whimsical, and tacky". The piece was listed by Portland's daily newspaper, ''The Oregonian'', as a must-see Seattle landmark.
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