Straight Shot

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Straight Shot
Dark stone obelisks in Magnuson Park, part of an art installation called Straight Shot
Southern end of the installation, 2018
ArtistPerri Lynch
Year2007 (2007)
Dimensions1 m × 1000 m (3.3 ft × 3,300 ft)
LocationSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°40′26.20299″N 122°15′06.20661″W / 47.6739452750°N 122.2517240583°W / 47.6739452750; -122.2517240583Coordinates: 47°40′26.20299″N 122°15′06.20661″W / 47.6739452750°N 122.2517240583°W / 47.6739452750; -122.2517240583

Straight Shot is a 2007 public art work at the Sand Point calibration baseline in Magnuson Park, Seattle. It was created by Seattle artist Perri Lynch, and funded by the City of Seattle's 1% for Art program,[1] Trimble and the Washington Surveyors Association. The baseline at Sand Point predates the development of Magnuson Park, and was originally at the western edge of the Navy's Naval Air Station Seattle runway at the location.[2] The artwork was created in part to illustrate the importance of the baseline to surveyors and to preserve the baseline – "in peril of being destroyed"[3] – as a part of the park.[4][5] The work has been nicknamed "Linehenge" by surveyors.[6]

Physical description[edit]

Geodetic mark at the beginning of the baseline

The piece consists of twelve dark limestone obelisks with cylindrical boreholes aligned with one another, adjacent to and following the path of the 1-kilometer baseline starting at the Lake Washington shoreline at 47°40′26.20299″N 122°15′06.20661″W / 47.6739452750°N 122.2517240583°W / 47.6739452750; -122.2517240583,[7] and ending at the park's northern edge 47°40′59.73768″N 122°15′16.62911″W / 47.6832604667°N 122.2546191972°W / 47.6832604667; -122.2546191972.[8]


Perri Lynch went to Marblehead High School in Massachusetts, and has undergraduate degrees from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and the University of Washington in Seattle, and a 2001 Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar.[3][9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Completed projects", Report to the Community (PDF), Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 2007, p. 31
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Gavin Schrock (November 2007), "The surveying inspired art of Perri Lynch" (PDF), The American Surveyor, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-23
  4. ^ Richard Seven (May 30, 2007), "Art shot straight through the park", The Seattle Times
  5. ^ Williams 2017, pp. 158-160.
  6. ^ "Seattle sculpture dedicated to surveyors", Public Works, Hanley Wood, August 2, 2007
  7. ^ SAND POINT CBL 0 datasheet, NOAA
  8. ^ SAND POINT CBL 1058 datasheet, NOAA
  9. ^ Charlene Peters (May 14, 2009), "Artist of the Week", The MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, Mass.
  10. ^ Award Winners / Artist Profile: Perri Lynch, 2004 Grants for Artist Projects and 2006 Fellowship, Artist Trust, retrieved 2018-09-20
  11. ^ Fulbright scholar list archive, United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2009–2010, retrieved 2018-09-20


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