Olympic Sculpture Park

The Eagle Alexander Calder Sunset

The Olympic Sculpture Park is a transformed nine-acre industrial site that is now an open and vibrant green space for art.

Wake Richard Serra
Wake, 2004
weatherproof steel
Richard Serra

This waterfront park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience artwork in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Puget Sound with the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains.

Upon the opening of the Outdoor Sculpture  Park, journalists wrote about the permanent displays with, what I recall, special interest in Richard Serra’s Wake. The museum says that Serra “uses materials and scale to alter perception and to engage the body, encouraging consciousness of our relation to space.”

In order to enjoy Wake, one must walk between the weathered steel waves.  For me, I was taken back by the experience — one that feels that you’ve jumped off a boat to float amongst the waves.  Once you enter into the S-curves, you feel like a small object in an ocean.  It may be difficult to believe, but the effect was true for me as well as many others who have reported similar feelings.  The museum adds that the sculptures “gently curving serpentines of convex and concave parts that suggest tidal waves or profiles of battleships.”

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X 1999 Claes Oldenburg Coosje van Bruggen
Typewriter Eraser, Scale X
1999
Claes Oldenburg
Coosje van Bruggen

While both Wake and Eagle stand prominently in the park, there are a host of other permanent and temporary displays to enjoy.

ABOUT THE VIDEO

Watch the video I shot in June 2012, to see more of the displays.

The Eagle, according to the Seattle Art Museum, “displays its curving wings, assertive stance, and pointy beak in a form that is weightless, colorful and abstract.”
The Eagle, according to the Seattle Art Museum, “displays its curving wings, assertive stance, and pointy beak in a form that is weightless, colorful and abstract.”
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