|Oregon State Hospital|
Nurse Ratched, the Cuckoo's Nest, and the museum opening in the news, it seemed like a good time to check in on the State Hospital.
Though the new construction has included at least 4 bike parking installations, two on the periphery and open to the public, and two other interior sites, they are uncovered and not always conveniently located.
The largest one is outside the physical plant building, but it is uncovered, lacks a curb cut so you can roll into the concrete pad, and is annoyingly distant from the doors, placed on the far edge of the lot, as far away as it can be. It sends more of a second-class message than a new state-of-the-art facility should convey.
|Bike Parking at OSH - Exiled Across Lot, Uncovered|
A number of State Hospital staff ride bikes to work, and there is no reason this new, modern facility should not also have more than the minimum for bike parking.
|Building 60 with wall to be modified in shadow|
|David Maisel, Library of Dust|
This will be a fascinating and moving installation, and it will be most interesting to track its progress and its ultimate effect. I can't help but wonder if seeing all the canisters will be a shattering experience, and the site a place for devotions and grief of many kinds, far from the careless tourism some critics feared.
(Indeed, if there is carelessness to be feared, it could be from the way the museum may be milking the pop-culture status of Hollywood and film in order to make a spectacle out of the museum opening.)