Every once in a while you turn a corner in a perfectly ordinary place and time only to discover an example of the extraordinary. I’m not sure this is an example of that, but it’s pretty damn weird.
We can dance around it any way we want, but there is no getting around the central crux of this particular issue. Someone injection molded a giant model of a sockeye salmon. Why they did this, however, must remain an blessed mystery.
What happened later was that the giant thing was towed in front of Building 18 in Magnussen park, which used to be the fire station when the place was a navy seaplane base. The building, currently undergoing a process of extremely slow, naturopathic demolition, enjoys a cyclone fence, a number of community activity posters and an aura of “someone else’s problem” embodied in open windows, a fallen roof and an unusually heavy growth of ferns for a brick building.
Terminal indecision from a cash-strapped city government has led to the building’s almost certain doom, while at the same allowing my personal salmon of doubt to continue swimming up 74th Street forever never quite making it to Sand Point Way.
Sooner or later the city will either resolve the endless bickering about what to do with the buildings at Magnussen Park or they won’t, and time and rot will save the taxpayers a $200,000 demolition bill. Either way though, my walk to work would never be quite the same without this 30 foot exemplar of wonderful weirdness.
If anyone can shed light on the origins of this enigma, please comment below.