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Thursday, April 3, 2008 - Page updated at 05:17 PM

Sculptor envisions colorful steel birds for Capitol Hill subway station

Mike Ross is the public-art sculptor for Sound Transit's future underground station at Capitol Hill. His steel birds, one facing north and one facing south, would appear to kiss each other, in a model. They would lurk among huge crossbeams, over the train platforms.

The $550,000 sculpture at the station, near Broadway at John Street, would be part of a three-mile, $1.8 billion subway from downtown to Husky Stadium, to open in late 2016.Sound Transit staffers say they are pleased with the design; the final decision to fund the sculpture rests with the agency's board of directors. Here's a look at what the station might look like.