As part of last year’s increase in arts in Renton, the “Renton Loop” is now on full display downtown, along Main Avenue and South Second Street.
The 12-foot in diameter circle sculpture was designed by Western Neon, the same company that created the Erasmus, the downtown dragon.
Creative Director Dylan Neuwirth explained in 2019 that the loop puts together steels and raw aluminum into an illuminated arc. The sculpture then sits on a bed of metal colored to look like coal.
The project tells the story of Renton’s business history through materials: coal, Core-Ten steel, aluminum, stainless steel and futuristic lights. This covers the journey of coal and steel industries, Boeing, health care and incoming technology companies. It also, of course, pays homage to the historic practice of cruising the Renton loop.