Seattle doesn’t rely on its natural setting among water and mountains for beauty. Manmade beauty abounds at Olympic Sculpture Park. The nine-acre greenspace consists of about 20 art pieces.
Located on the south end of the Waterfront, the park is a perfect way to cap a visit there. The statues provide visitors with the chance to take in beauty, as well as reflect on their meanings.
Likely the most recognizable sculpture is the Eagle. The red-painted steel structure stands about 39 feet tall. If you look at it from the proper angle, you can see the Space Needle appearing to be in its talons. The Eagle was originally created in Texas and was in Philadelphia before being moved to Seattle. It was a gift from a former Microsoft COO and his wife.
Bunyon’s Chess is a mix of steel and wood. Created in 1965, this piece faces climate issues due to the salt water. The view of the bay behind the art is breathtaking.
A piece that made me initially look at it from from several angles is Love & Loss. The piece combines concrete and paint. The words Love and Loss are intertwined on benches, a table and the ground. The red ampersand stands above them. Once I stood back and really looked at the art, it truly stood out to me.
Echo is based on a nine-year-old girl. The artist created an elongated and abstract version of the girl’s face. The piece was created in 2011.
The Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, is a reminder of past times. Erasers were used to correct typos on typewriters. Most young people have no idea what a typewriter was, since they’ve lived with computers and smartphones most or all of their lives. The 17-year-old art piece is actually located on an embankment between the park’s trail and a busy street. The thing that struck me about this piece was its realism.
Father and Son (2005) communicates the struggle to overcome obstacles. The statues of a man and his son become engulfed when the fountain’s water rises. The artist sought to have their struggle to reach for one another seem insurmountable with the circumstances.
The Olympic Sculpture Park is owned and managed by the Seattle Art Museum.
I enjoyed my visit to the park. Next time we’re in Seattle, I’d like to check out the rest of the art museum. I recommend spending some time there.
For more information on the sculpture park, please visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.