You know that bridge above from the way it is on the left. There was a time not too long ago, however, when it looked a lot more like the image on the right. If you’re a regular reader of Seattle Times Sunday magazine, you’re used to seeing Paul Dorpat’s popular ‘Now And Then’ column, featuring the contrasting images of old and new Seattle like this one.
This past weekend, the Museum of History and Industry unveiled a “Now and Then” exhibit, styled after Dorpat’s column. The exhibit include the work of Jean Sherrard and Berangere Lomont and features photos of four locales: Seattle, Washington State, the Wallingford neighborhood and Paris.
The exhibit runs through June 3, 2012. Now and Then tours at the University of Washington are scheduled for April 17, May 15 and May 18. Check the MOHAI calendar for more information.
In the Museum of History & Industry’s new YouTube series, “MOHAI Minute,” (which is really more like 2 minutes 21 seconds), producer/creators Helen Divjak and Peder Nelson crack the dull mold of History Channel-like docs and make entertaining, bite-sized pieces that roll out facts both trivial and intriguing about “Seattle’s most fascinating historic spots,” including Skylark Cafe, Volunteer Park and now, the Fremont Troll.
Besides a too-synthy musical intro and not-quite synced audio editing that reminds me of a bad martial arts flick, it’s a fun little number. The hyperkinetic short fills in some interesting tidbits about the 20-year-old sculpture that presides over Troll Avenue atop 36th Street, looking as if the weight of the Aurora Bridge overhead is on its hunched shoulders.
Divjak and Nelson make a good team who tell audiences about the troll’s origins as the inspiration of the Jersey Devils sculptors, who won the right to create the beloved creature by popular vote, even after it lost the official competition organized by the Fremont Arts Council.
MOHAI stores the only known model of the troll, which was created in 24 hours by the artists.
The MOHAI Minute series began in March, with 5 weekly episodes excluding this one. Check out the rest here.