Drift Inversion (Central Park Blvd and 54th Ave)

Artist – David Franklin (Indianola, WA) Aaron Whelton (Portland, OR)

Commission: $175,000

Installed: 2017

The public art installation one sees peeking out of the ceiling of the underpass beneath north Central Park Boulevard is David Franklin’s sculpture,  Drift Inversion.  It features a series of 258 yellow painted metal profiles  suspended throughout the 128’ concrete tunnel.  These dramatic shapes echo the sand dunes that covered this area long before it became the lively urban landscape it is today.  David’s intent is to create a sense of wonder and surprise for the pedestrians and cyclists using the tunnel.  The east/west orientation gives the space transformational qualities throughout the day and throughout the seasons as light and shadow play on the artwork.