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    the Troll

    by Jonathan_C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fremont troll

    You cannot say you have been to Fremont if you haven't visited the troll. Undoubtedly the most photographed artwork in Fremont he's generally tame enough to be posed with ... in the day time.

    The Fremont Arts Council organized a competition on artwork for the under bridge space in 1989 and the final selection was carried out by ballot during the 1990 Fremont Fair. Construction of the troll was funded by a city matching grant and carried out by volunteers. The troll is the apotheosis of public art.

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    busiest drawbridge in the US

    by Jonathan_C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fremont bridge

    When you visit Fremont you should stroll the Burke Gilman Trail along the water, find a comfortable spot to sit and just relax for a while. Before long a sailboat will approach the bridge and ask it a question: "toooooot-toot?" The bridge will give a short answer: "toot-toot-toot-..." with one toot for each minute the boat will have to wait until the next opening.

    After your rest you should go topside and have a closer look. The tangerine and cobalt color scheme was decided by a Fremont poll in 1985. See if you can find Rapunzel in one of the towers and keep an eye out for other artwork. You are in Fremont after all.

    The Fremont Bridge first opened on July 4th, 1917 and connects thousands of North end Seattlites with downtown. The many boaters of Lake Washington and Lake Union travel under the bridge to connect with the Ballard Locks and Puget Sound. This split personality results in about 35 openings per day making it the busiest bascule drawbridge in the nation.

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    Sunday Market

    by Jonathan_C Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fremont Sunday Market

    If you're in Fremont on a Sunday then you won't be able to avoid spending some time at the market. You never know what you'll find and it provides some of the best people watching in Seattle.

    Did you know the Fremont Sunday Market was featured in a PBS documentary on flea markets?

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    Fremont Outdoor Movies

    by glabah Updated Aug 24, 2010
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    The Fremont neighborhood's first outdoor movie showing was in 1992, and ever since the summer nights in this part of Seattle have welcomed all manner of movies, eccentric pre-movie games, and group fun. The screen is the side of a building

    1. Bring your own chair, or sofa, or mattress, or beanbag, or other item to sit on.

    2. Bring your own refreshment and food, but alcohol is not allowed (though people find ways to bring it in anyway).

    3. Pets are not allowed (though people find ways to bring them in anyway).

    4. Be prepared to wait in line. People start waiting in line several hours or more before the opening of the gates, so be prepared to arrive early and wait.

    5. People with matresses and blankets are in front, while people with lawn chairs and other higher seating are in back, to avoid blocking the view of anyone.

    6. Try to leave some space for people to move, but it gets really densely packed towards show time.

    7. Bathroom facilities are a simple portable toilet or two, hidden around the side of one of the buildings.

    The photos:

    Photo 1: People getting ready to watch a Fremont Outdoor Movie. The people outside the fence are "illegally parked" outside the cinema parking lot, and watching the movie without paying the entry fee.

    Photo 2: Advertising and entry sign for the Fremont Outdoor Movie. This sign also marks the entry to the parking lot.

    Photo 3: All sorts of seating arrangements may be found at the Fremont Outdoor Movie. Including bean bags, blankets, matresses, lawn chairs, the occasional sofa, kitchen table, boat, tire, or various other piece of craativity.

    You will also find some creative costumes here.

    Notice also that the higher the chair, the further back in the "theatre" it goes - to a point. The giant bean-bag empire was not deemed high enough or positioned poorly enough to block anyone's view, but try to be a good neighbor and not bring anything that will obstruct the view of others.

    Photo 4: Waiting in line for the Fremont Movie. This is where bringing your chair comes in really useful. Sometimes the line goes all the way around the block.

    Photo 5: Setting up before the Fremont movie.

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    Fremont Hysterical Markers and Guides

    by glabah Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Scattered throughout the Fremont district you will find kiosks on the sidewalk. These are known as the "Fremont Hysterical Markers" and tell stories and traditions about the area.

    You will also find Fremont brochures in these kiosks that tell you where certain stores and restaurants are located, various public art works, public buildings, and a few other area attractions and useful information. (And sometimes, not so useful information).

    These kiosks are located at the following locations:

    + North side of 35th Steet, slightly east of Fremont Avenue.

    + South side of 36th Street, between Dayton and Francis

    + South side of 36th Street, between Evanston and Fremont

    + southeast corner of intersection of Stone Way and 35th Street (east of the Aurora Avenue Bridge)

    + north side of 34th Street, on Troll Avenue (under Aurora Avenue Bridge)

    + north side of 34th Street, just west of Fremont

    + east side of Evanston, between 34th and 35th Street

    Notable art works include The Fremont Troll and The Fremont Rocket.

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    Center of the Universe

    by glabah Updated Feb 15, 2010

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    In order to properly get your bearings in Fremont, it is necessary to visit the "Center of the Universe", which will give you the distances and directions to a number of different important locations, including the Fremont Troll and Rio de Janeiro and Lenin.

    As Fremont is unquesitonably the Center of the Universe, you will also have the opportunity to purchase T-Shirts from several different stores in the area, for which you will be able to wear and notify everyone around you that you have in fact visited the Center of the Universe.

    Known simply as "The Guidepost" on the Fremont Hysterical Guide, this is one of the eccentric street art works pieces that make Fremont an interesting place to visit.

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    History House

    by Jonathan_C Updated Sep 7, 2003

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    History House in Fremont

    It is often said that no one is from Seattle. Instead, they're from Queen Anne or Fremont or Beacon Hill. Seattle is a city of neighborhoods and History House pays attention to the history of those neighborhoods rather than the city as a whole. It's a great place to browse through old pictures and newspaper articles and get a sense of how these individual communities have evolved. If you like context, this is the place to get some.

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    ship canal

    by Jonathan_C Updated Aug 26, 2003

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    ship canal in Fremont

    Go for a bike ride or a stroll along the paths and enjoy the tranquility you'll find here. Close to the water you'll experience the calm and infinity that has drawn us to the water throughout the ages. You'll see boats ranging from rowing shells to fish processors as well as cormorants, kingfishers and migrating salmon (in August).

    The Lake Washington Ship Canal opened in 1917 and continues to provide the only connection between Seattle's freshwater lakes and Puget Sound. The Fremont Cut is the loveliest section of the canal with its colonnade of poplars and bike/pedestrian paths on either side.

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    rocket

    by Jonathan_C Updated Aug 25, 2003

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    Fremont rocket

    A cold war era rocket emblazoned with Fremont's motto "De Libertas Quirkas" sits atop a one story building ready for takeoff.

    The Fremont Business Association is responsible for this installation -- they recognize the value of Fremont's reputation as the city's quirky arts neighborhood. It may or may not be art but it's a perfect match for Fremont's eccentric personality.

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    Lenin

    by Jonathan_C Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    A seven ton bronze of Vladimir Lenin looks over a busy intersection. If you can look past the surface oddity of finding this statue in the middle of a US city you will see some very beautiful lines. Lenin is portrayed striding forward with an heir of certainty and destiny. There is no hint of the surprise he must be experiencing.

    Fremonsters believe that art can be more powerful than politics. The juxtaposition of Lenin and the cold war era rocket immediately South suggests we may sometimes be right.

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    art engulphs building

    by Jonathan_C Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    Is it art or is it architecture? Is it an eyesore or is it great public art? Will Fremonsters accept corporate sponsored art as an expression of the Fremont culture? Come have a look and find out for youself.

    Many Fremonsters complained bitterly about the massive redevelopment that brought this apartment building and the corporate offices across the street. Vacant lots and unused warehouses are what attracted artists to the neighborhood in the first place. Now they are being displaced by urban gentrification. What was it de Toqueville said about Americans and change?

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    Dusty Strings

    by Jonathan_C Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    Dusty Strings

    If you're itching to get your hands on a guitar or mandolin, a dulcimer or a harp or if you just need new reeds for your bagpipe chanter then Dusty Strings is the place for you. Even if you're not a musician you can easily spend a couple of hours down here listening to music and fondling instruments.

    Dusty Strings is one of the leading makers of hammered dulcimers and Celtic harps in North America and is determined to be ground zero for traditional acoustic music. Here you can find out what's happening in traditional music throughout Seattle. They even have regular concerts and workshops. Go ahead and treat yourself to a two hour workshop. You'll be immediately sucked into Seattle's very active and very inclusive traditional music community. It's the fastest way to become a Seattle insider.

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    Waiting for the Interurban

    by Jonathan_C Written Aug 17, 2003

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    Seattle's most decorated piece of public art, the clothing and signs change frequently to announce birthdays, weddings and events of all kinds.

    We believe that art should not be something static to be seen from a distance. Instead, we pride ourselves on making artistic creation on any level a part of our daily bread.

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