Rain, Steam and Speed is a powerful design inspired by locomotion and the 19th century J.M.W. Turner masterpiece by the same name. Full of chaotic energy and painted with splashes and drips of red and black, the piece responds to the immediate context and its urban setting and works in either sun or grey drizzle.
Seattle Sunrise is an homage to Mexican Sunrise by Georgia O'Keefe and responds to the surrounding landscape, with a green sun rising between two yellow mountains and blue water running through.
There is no glass paint in either of these windows. Besides the yellow silver stain in Rain, Steam and Speed, all colors are rendered in pure mouth- blown glass that has been acid-etched in several steps. Both works incorporate leaded crystal prisms that shower the interior with rainbows in an ever-changing, unpredictable manner and provide interesting prismatic refractions from the community viewpoint at night.
The designs address three different audiences, with primary consideration given to those aboard trains during the daytime. The secondary consideration is the view for the neighborhood to the east at night, with third priority given to the users of the station itself.
Seattle filmmaker Marc Pingry filmed the project from concept to completion for a PBS documentary.