Hello Seattle, Part 3: Olympic Sculpture Park

On our last day in Seattle, we spent the morning wandering the waterfront. Because if you’re in Seattle, why bother with any other activity, when the view looks like this:

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The gorgeous Elliott Bay and larger Puget Sound are lovely, with beautiful snow-capped mountains, including the Brothers Peaks, rising in the distance.

There was plenty of construction close to our hotel in Pioneer Square, but we had time to kill and no plans, so we wandered all the way down to Olympic Sculpture Park, a free sculpture garden on the waterfront that is part of the Seattle Art Museum.

It was a little chilly, so we picked up a few large coffees and headed into the park, where we sat and admired the landscape and funky art that popped up along the way.

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This Ampersand was one of my favorites. We sat on a bench, which was part of the art piece, below the ampersand, drinking our coffee and just chilling for a bit.

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Joel, on the bench, admiring the sculptures.

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This 1971 Alexander Calder piece, The Eagle, was another favorite.

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I originally thought this Mark di Suvero sculpture was of a fish (fitting, for its location), but I’m not so sure it actually is one. It did spin though, as the wind blew, which was fun to watch on this breezy morning.

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The Seattle skyline, as seen through Seattle Cloud Cover. This is just a small section of Teresita Fernandez’ glass bridge that provides cover and a view of the railroad tracks below.

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Another Mark di Suvero sculpture, Bunyon’s Chess. Again, can’t beat that view!

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This last piece we saw, before heading back, is Split by Roxy Paine. A stainless steel tree, it was neat, I just wish I could have gotten it all in one shot (which is why I need a wide angle lens — good thing I just ordered one!).

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I love sculptures, so I was glad we discovered this little gem along the water. If you’re into this kind of thing, it’s worth a quick stop.

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This last sculpture wasn’t part of the sculpture park, but we did discover it near Pike Place Market as we wandered back to our hotel. Angie’s Umbrella is a public art piece very fitting for a city associated with rain. The umbrella rotates with the wind, giving the illusion it is a in a windy storm. Of course we were there on a bright, sunny day, but it was still a fun piece to see.

And that’s a wrap for our Pacific Northwest trip. I truly loved this area of the country and would love to return! I definitely preferred Portland over Seattle, but the whole area captured my heart.

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