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The Motion of Travel

WASHINGTON DCChels | PLACES studioComment


The motion of travel is fast and slow. It's a transition point, a hurry and then a wait. We start our time in one location and manage to make it to another location slightly or completely different than where we began. In this motion, we can even move backwards or forwards in time.
The motion of travel is fluid and comprehensive. It is a physical motion, a perceptive motion and one that moves us on the map and on the clock.

I've always been intrigued by the PLACES where the motion of travel collides. These stations house crossing paths and people's journeys. The most interesting to me are those with multiple modes of transportation like Union Station in Washington, DC. Train travel, bus travel, car, metro, walking and biking all intersect at this PLACE, at this beautiful station. 

Union Station built by architect Daniel Burnham in a Beaux-Arts style of architecture inspired by monuments like the Arc of Rome. It was opened in 1907 and the original construction cost was nearly $25 million. It is the Amtrak headquarters and one of the busiest stations in the country. If your arrival or departure does not move through this work of art, there are still many spots to grab a coffee and watch the motion of travel. I promise it's worth it.

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