Seattle Has a New Sculpture Park
January 15, 2007 4:38 PM   Subscribe

The Seattle Times has a nice multimedia tour of the soon to open Seattle Art Museum sculpture park. It seems to be a beautiful new installation. The park sits on an out of the way parcel North of the downtown core, but is nearby the earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way viaduct. If the viaduct is replaced with a surface boulevard and parkland, the sculpture park could end up more connected to the downtown core. Link to Flickr group with photos of the park.
posted by commonmedia (8 comments total)
Nice walkthrough. I really like that living tree trunk. Thanks for the post.
posted by treepour at 5:56 PM on January 15, 2007

SO THAT is what the hell they have been building down there. I was wondering, as I would drive through it every once in a while.

Thats what I get for living in seattle and not paying attention to anything...

Hurray for MetaFilter for bringing to light the local events of my city...
posted by mrzarquon at 6:43 PM on January 15, 2007

Looks nice. Couldn't find a good link, but the most mind-blowing outdoor art exhibit I've seen is the Hakone Outdoor Art Museum not too far from Tokyo. Aside from the indoor Picasso ceramics, and the outdoor Henry is astounding, if you are planning a visit to Japan. Kid-friendly, very, as well.
posted by kozad at 7:20 PM on January 15, 2007

It was fun walking by and unwittingly changed upon a gigantic typewriter eraser. Had to explain to my 13-year-old son what that was.
posted by QuietDesperation at 10:36 PM on January 15, 2007

Just an update. I was talking to a friend tonight, and she will be performing with her jump rope group this Sunday the 21st, between 12:14-1pm as part of the official opening ceremonies.

Go check them out, they perform with Circ De Sole (sp?) and I mean, its jump roping.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:49 PM on January 15, 2007

If the viaduct is replaced with a surface boulevard and parkland, the sculpture park could end up more connected to the downtown core.

The Stranger has never missed the opportunity to be on the wrong side of every local land use issue. When it was the monorail, they were monorail, monorail, monorail all the way. And when Paul Allen, so as to bail out his house of cards EMP Blob O'Folly, hijacked their pet house of cards monorail so it'd run through and bail his world's most expensive gimcrack carny ride, well, the Stranger beat the drum for that, too. So what if it would have mown down half the trees and half of the commons around the fountain at the very heart of the Seattle Center--big deal. So what if there never was the money to build it in the first place or the riders to pay for its operation in the second. It was visionary, man. What were they smoking ? Well, I guess we know...
posted by y2karl at 12:49 AM on January 16, 2007

Just because The Stranger likes it, doesn't mean it's a bad idea, or doomed.
posted by owhydididoit at 2:32 PM on January 16, 2007

Thanks for the post, commonmedia!
posted by owhydididoit at 2:33 PM on January 16, 2007

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