ArtWalk: The Olympic Sculpture Park and the Stories Behind the Works

Seattle, WA

  • "The Eagle" by Alexander Calder with the Space Needle in the distance.
  • Man, dog and "Curve XXIV."
  • Ellsworth Kelly in his studio.  Photo: Jack Shear for W Magazine.
  • The front entrance to the PACCAR Pavilion.
  • The rear of the PACCAR Pavilion.
  • "Wave" by Richard Serra.
  • A view from the grassy terraces.
  • "Perre's Ventaglio III" by Beverly Pepper.
  • Beverly Pepper at work in a metal factory during the 1960s.
  • "Bunyon's Chess" by Mark di Suvero. Photo: Mary Ann Sullivan.
  • The sculptor, Mark di Suvero in 1986. Photo: Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy.
  • "Stinger" by Tony Smith.
  • Sculptor Tony Smith standing in front of “The Snake Is Out” in Bryant Park, New York in 1967. Photo: NY Times.
  • A stroll along "Seattle Cloud Cover" by Teresita Fernandez.
  • "Wandering Rocks" by Tony Smith.  Inspired by a Japanese zen garden.
  • A couple stands at the intersection of "Love & Loss" by Roy McMakin.
  • The artist, Roy McMakin.
  • "Schubert Sonata" by Mark di Suvero.
  • "Beethoven's Quartet" at the Tippet Rise Art Center.
  • "Father and Son" by Louise Bourgeois
  • The artist, Louise Bourgeois. Photo: Photo Jeremy Pollard.

1 hour and 30 minutes
0.8 mi
Guided by Amanda

The Olympic Sculpture Park just west of the Space Needle is one of the city's best kept secrets. An extension of the Seattle Art Museum, the free sculpture park is impressive in the prestige of works on display and it's fun showcasing of the collection. This guide will lead you from work to work and provide a narrative of the beauty, significance and story of select pieces. By the end, you will be well-entertained and have a new appreciation for the importance of this park for the city.

About Your Guide
Seattle has been home for the better part of a decade, and every year I find new things to do and see. Beyond the overcast skies and constant monsoon is a metropolis filled with with monumental art, artisanal espresso, gold rush dreams and rock 'n' roll bonafides.

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Guide Points
  1. "Curve XXIV" by Ellsworth Kelly
  2. PACCAR Pavilion
  3. "Wave" by Richard Serra
  4. "Perre's Ventaglio III" by Beverly Pepper
  5. "Bunyon's Chess" by Mark di Suvero
  6. "The Eagle" by Alexander Calder
  7. "Stinger" by Tony Smith
  8. Bridge Over the Railroad Tracks
  9. "Love & Loss" by Roy McMakin
  10. "Schubert Sonata" by Mark di Suvero
  11. "Father and Son" by Louise Bourgeois

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