Union Station Wall Represents Song Lyrics in Morse Code

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — An interesting-looking bumpy, yellow structure inside Union Station in D.C. represents a lot more than the naked eye might notice.

As it turns out, the bumps are morse code representations of the lyrics from Death Cab for Cutie tune “Soul Meets Body.”

The structure will eventually be an info station, according to WNEW’s Kevin Patrick.

Architect Todd Ray told niche web-zine CompositesWorld.com in November that his firm, Studio Twenty Seven Architecture, wanted to develop an “iconic and meaningful design that conveyed a message.”

With the help of Woodbridge, Va.-based Smart Design Inc., the firm was able to procure the morse coded fiberboard pieces that make up the panel.

The portion of the song imprinted into the wall is:

’Cause in my head there’s a Greyhound Station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place
Where they’re far more suited than here

Ray says the words convey the “impermanence and transience that is a bus depot.”

Listen to the full song here:

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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