Seattle is a town with amazing artists and amazing art - and you don't need to visit a gallery or museum to see some of the city's most famous, fanciful or unusual pieces. Just put on your shoes, mask and walk outside.
No matter what part of town you call home, there are interesting sculptures and other works of art to be found. But if you'd like to see a great collection of amazing outdoor art in one place, Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park is worth a visit.
“Seattle Art Museum's mission: We connect art to life and public sculpture does that in a really obvious and clear cut way. It’s an intractable part of everyone’s daily life that is always accessible to you,” Carrie Dedon from SAM said.
Public sculpture can often be overlooked - but at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park, art is the focus. Every nook and cranny of the Sculpture Park is packed with pieces that vary greatly in size, style and color - but are each thought-provoking in their own way. Which to some, is what great art is all about.
“Anything that can broaden your horizons or challenge your world view, or spark your emotions these are the things that make us human and connect us to our humanity,” Dedon said.
One very large (and very red) sculpture is nearly impossible to miss while at the Olympic Sculpture Park - Alexander Calder's "Eagle."
"You cannot come to the sculpture park and not see Calder’s 'Eagle' which looks majestically over the sound and the mountains," Dedon said.
Other highlights include Richard Serra's "Wake" and Teresita Fernandez's "Seattle Cloud Cover." The later is sort of a kinetic sculpture, except instead of the art moving - you do. As the viewer passes "Seattle Cloud Cover," the sky and city skyline morph through multi-color semi-transparent panes. These two works are located at opposite ends of the park offering plenty of opportunity for exploration and discovery - also a great way to get those steps in.
“Get out there and enjoy public art. Again - these are things that even while arts organizations, theaters, museums are closed - these are here for you so please enjoy them,” Dedon said.
For more information about SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park click here.