A sign that the New Burke is on the way

May 21, 2018
Cathy Morris
Two men on a lift move the letter E onto the new Burke Museum sign

The letter “E” of the new Burke Museum sign gets installed by crews on Monday, May 21, 2018.
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

The first of two new signs was installed at the New Burke earlier today! The signs, designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, each feature five, 6.5-foot tall letters spelling “BURKE,” positioned vertically to serve as a beacon to visitors and passersby when the new museum opens in fall 2019.

The letter "B" appears on the sign outside the new Burke Museum

Photo: Jeff Bradley/Burke Museum

The letters "B" and "U" appears on the sign outside the new Burke Museum

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

The letters B-U-R appears on the sign outside the new Burke Museum

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

The letters B-U-R-K appears on the sign outside the new Burke Museum

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

The letters B-U-R-K-E appears on the sign outside the new Burke Museum

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Situated in the northwest corner of University of Washington campus (next door to the current Burke Museum facility), the New Burke is just 1 ½ blocks from the future U District light rail station.

A rendering of the New Burke from the east.

A rendering of the New Burke from the east.
Courtesy of Olson Kundig

Each sign letter is outlined with LED lighting that will illuminate the signs at night. The BURKE sign will join other illuminated signs, such as the “Public Market Center” sign at Pike Place Market, as a symbol of unique local institutions.

LED lighting will illuminate the signs at night.
Photo: Courtesy of Skanska

A closeup of the LED lighting that will illuminate the signs at night.
Photo: Courtesy of Skanska

In addition to the exterior views, the east-facing sign is visible through the interior windows of the galleries, further reinforcing the “See through the Burke” visitor experience of the new museum.

An interior rendering of the New Burke galleries shows the Burke sign visible through the windows.
Courtesy of Olson Kundig

Learn more about the New Burke on our project website and support the campaign for the New Burke. Gifts made before June 30, 2018 are matched 1:1!

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