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Outdoor Art at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

June 26, 2015

After a beautiful morning at Chihuly Garden and Glass and lunch at Seattle Central Armory’s Skillet Counter, we headed down to the Olympic Sculpture Park, part of the Seattle Art Museum www.seattleartmuseum.org or www.visitsam.org.  On the way we passed a Duckload of friendly tourists.

Seattle's Duck Tour.

Seattle’s Duck Tour.

Enjoyed the view of snowcapped Mt. Ranier in the distance and the cruise ship docked nearby.

Seattle is a popular jumping off point for Alaskan cruises.

Seattle is a popular jumping off point for Alaskan cruises.

And finally reached our destination– the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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All are welcome at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Admission is free.

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Jaume Plensa’s 46 foot Echo towers over visitors, eyes closed to the sea beyond.

This beautiful urban art park was once an industrial site. Now, less than 10 years later, the nine acres on Elliott Bay is Seattle’s largest downtown green space and home to spectacular sculpture by some of the most influential and respected artists in the world including Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder, and Louise Nevelson– to name just a few.

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A view of Richard Serra’s Wake.

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It’s an entirely different visual experience to wander among the panels of Wake.

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Alexander Calder’s The Eagle provides a brilliant pop of color and a shady place to rest.

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Typewriter Eraser by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen must add a touch of whimsy to the daily commute.

With views toward the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, thought provoking and attention getting art and its beautiful waterfront location, the award-winning Olympic Sculpture Park should be on your list of places to see in Seattle.

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Cargo ships glide by Bunyon’s Chess by Mark di Suvero.

Puget Sound makes a beautiful backdrop for these sculptures.

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di Suvero’s Schubert Sonata has a prime location.

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The nine-acre sculpture park has lovely wooded paths to explore.

The Olympic Sculpture Park is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, handicapped accessible and admission is free.

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Roy McMakin’s Love and Loss was commissioned for the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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Beverly Pepper’s Perre’s Ventaglio III is right at home among the vegetation.

What a fantastic place to spend a beautiful day in Seattle! Next, dinner decisions, The Frye and we take flight to Boeing Field–a visit to the Museum of Flight.

Note: Banner image is Louise Bourgeois’s Father and Son. Each figure is in turn concealed and revealed by the water in which they stand, separated, arms outstretched.

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