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Olympic Sculpture Park is an immersive public park greatly popular for its collection of modern sculptures. The collaboration among renowned architects and landscape designers completely transformed what used to be a contaminated industrial site into a green space with splendid view of the beach and dotted with numerous impressive sculptures created by talented artists. If you have a great knack for art, you will have a great time exploring the park.
Explore The Impressive Modern Sculptures in Olympic Sculpture Park
One thing that might surprise you is that Bunyon's Chess sculpture look nothing like chess pieces nor it related with chess theme. Standing in 22 ft the unique stainless steel and wood sculpture was created by Mark di Suvero, a renowned abstract expressionist sculptor in 1965. Even until today, Bunyon's Chess is easily one of the most impressive and eye-catching sculpture in the area.
Another remarkable sculpture displayed in Olympic Sculpture Park is Curve XXIV, carved by an American artist and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly in 1981. The fan-shaped sculpture was entirely made of weathering steel, looking closer you might even notice that the fan shape resemble the shape of gingko leaf. Afterall, nature is one of Kelly's main inspiration. Curve XXIV is one of many fan-shaped sculptures made by Kelly.
It's almost impossible to miss the red sculpture of 'Eagle”. This abstract-shaped sculpture was sculpted by Alexander Calder in 1971 commisioned by Fort Worth National Bank. The sculpture was later relocated to the park after it was purchased by the Seattle Art Museum funded by Jon and Mary Shirley. 'Eagle” was made from painted sheet steel and one of Calder's works before he passed away.
The centerpiece of Olympic Sculpture Park is 'Father and Son” sculpture, sculpted by Louis Bourgeois in 2005. This surrealism sculpture depicting a figure of a father and his son, their both arms are stretched out to each other separated by two fountains. When the fountain rises, it will engulf one of the figures. Many people interpret that the statues are depicting insurmountable divide between a parent and their child.
Tired of exploring the park? Take a seat and relax on Roy McMakin's masterpiece: Love & Loss. The sculpture(s) are spesifically made by McMakin commisioned by the Olympic Sculpture Park. Here you'll see some benches and seatings taking form of alphabets scattered on the ground. A V-shaped tree is located on the same area, the flowers will bloom in Spring and losing its leaves in the Fall season. The nature cycle give much more depth to the sculptures as it represent human experience in encountering and losing love.
Neukom Vivarium is not your average Joe. In fact, the sculpture's base material is a Western hemlock that fell outside of the city in 1996. The hemlock was later transformed into a nurse log inhabited by lichen, plants, insects, bacterias, and fungis. It is housed inside a greenhouse, and visitors can observe the organisms living on the log. Neukom Vivarium is a form of mixed media installation created by Mark Dion that reflects work of art, science, and environmental education.
How to Get Tickets?
Olympic Sculpture Park is an impressive place that doesn't require you to pay any admission fees. You can visit the park at any time and any day.
How To Get Around?
Olympic Sculpture Park is quite small, you can reach any attractions inside the park by walking.
What Should I Wear?
Wear clothes that feel comfortable to you. There's no dresscode regulations applied in Olympic Sculpture Park. Seattle is also a laid back city, so there's so many room to experiment with your attires.
Best Time to Visit
Olympic Sculpture Park is one of main attractions in Seattle that is ideal to be visited at any time.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you won't. It is very easy to navigate around Olympic Sculpture Park. All informations you need about the place can be found in this website too.
How To Get There?
Olympic Sculpture Park is just a stone's throw away from Seattle Art Museum. You can also reach the park by any public transportations, since the park is located literally right next to the main road.