Nine Acres of Art: Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

olympicscultpureOf the many unique cultural offerings in Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park is without doubt the most breathtaking. The varied amalgam of large works created by local, national and international artists is sited next to Myrtle Edwards Park, an environmental oasis of prime shoreline acreage once blighted by the eyesore of an industrial petroleum refinery. Operated by the Seattle Art Museum, the Olympic Sculpture Park opened to the public in 1997 in homage to the natural sculptural beauty of the Olympic Mountains just across Puget Sound.

As if the setting for the park were not stunning enough, the works on display offer a mind-boggling array of whimsical, fantastic and specifically environmentally-themed structures ranging from a giant rolling eraser in motion to a 5,000 lb full scale silver metallic tree. Below is a link to a narrated walking tour of the park introducing each of the major pieces, used here with permission of Argosy Cruises.

The works are thought provoking, to say the least, and they are spaced to allow walking and sitting areas to contemplate each. Each work has been sited to optimize its visual presentation through the gently rolling hills of the park. There’s a surprise over the crest of each hill and around every corner. You’ll want to walk the length of Myrtle Edwards Park as well, and enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of the majestic Olympic Mountains from the water’s edge.

The park lies conveniently on the northern end of the central downtown waterfront area, within easy access of Belltown and the Pike Place Market. It is also within reasonable walking distance from your Seattle Oasis away from home.

There is an information center and eatery on the park grounds. The Olympic Sculpture Park is free, so grab a lunch there or somewhere along the waterfront, and take in the amazing sights on both sides of the water!

Slide Tour: Olympic Sculpture Park
Walking Tour slide show courtesy of Argosy Cruises at Pier 55/56.