Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue
Eagle Alexander Calder
This unique, 9 acre downtown park overlooks Puget Sound and the distant Olympic Mountains. It features a number of sculpture pieces complemented by dramatic landscaping. The Olympic Sculpture Park ("OSP") was funded by a $30,000,000 gift from Mary and John Shirley (former COO of Microsoft) and from several smaller gifts.
OSP is a gorgeous place to stroll around. Seeing this park is one of the peak experiences in a visit to Seattle. In an area full of beautiful places, the OSP really stands out. By combining sculpture with elegant landscaping and outstanding views, the park offers a visitor a unique experience.
Olympic Sculpture Park Fountain and Bridge
The OSP consists of several meadows, paths, walking trails, and installation sites. The Park was installed in a z shape into a steep hill and the waterfront and pedestrian navigation is aided by long, gently-sloped walking paths that intersect at acute angles. If possible, start your tour of the OSP by entering at the Western Avenue entrance.
Beverly Pepper Perre’s Ventaglio II
From the Western Avenue entrance, your journey takes you through a number of art installations and landscaping highlights. Make sure that you go into the Valley and walk around Richard Serra's massive rusted steel forms of the Wake. Viewed from the Paccar Pavilion, the forms seem to be short but this is an optical illusion. When viewed up close, the five tall, 125 foot long forms are massive.
Standing proud and tall in the middle of the park is Alexander Calder's beautiful red Eagle. This sculptured bird surveys a vast landscape of scenery in all directions. One obligatory photo is to shoot a picture of the Space Needle as viewed through the Eagle's legs.
Typewriter Eraser by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Another delightful sculpture is Typewriter Eraser done by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
For photographers, the OSP is a knockout. You have many targets of photo opportunities that come at you from many directions. Capturing the dramatic acute angles of the walking paths and structures is just one of the delightful targets for your camera.. The OSP is especially photogenic early in the morning and at sunset.
Olympic Sculpture Park Vista
The OSP is open all year and there is no admission fee. The Pavilion has restrooms and a cafe. The Pavilion is closed on Mondays. Paid parking is available at the Pavilion Garage located at the southeast corner of the Park at Broad Street and Western Avenue.
Please click here to go to our Photo Gallery for additional photos of the Olympic Sculpture Park.
PARK WEB SITE
Please click here to go to the official web site for Olympic Sculpture Park.
You can download a Park Map and Guide at the above site.