A Walk Through Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

by Janis on October 9, 2016

'Father and Son' - Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WashingtonLast weekend during a beautiful fall day, I took a walk in downtown Seattle along the waterfront. At Pier 70, this ‘Father and Son‘ water sculpture lured me to explore the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Red "Eagle" - Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WashingtonOpen 365 days a year and free to the public, the 9-acre Olympic Sculpture Park is a free to the public outdoor sculpture museum and green space.

A 2,200 ft. long “Z” shaped walking path connects the park’s distinctive sections from the park’s pavilion to the water’s edge. Operated by the Seattle Art Museum, the park is the unique transformation of a formerly contaminated industrial site occupied by an oil and gas corporation until the 1970s into Seattle’s largest green space.

The red “Eagle” sculpture by Alexander Calder in the photo above is one of the permanent exhibits in the park, which also features temporary art installations during the summer months.

"Echo" - Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Echo” – the head-shaped sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was one of the first sculptures that I passed while walking along the waterfront path.

Waterfront path, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle In addition to the sculptures, walking through the Olympic Sculpture Park offers incredible views of Elliott Bay and Smith Cove.

"Schubert Sonata" - Olympic Sculpture Park, SeattleSchubert Sonata” is a steel sculpture by artist Mark di Suvero.

Z Path, looking toward beach, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle As I continued down the “Z” path toward the beach area, I could see the cruise ship in port at Pier 91.

Once you walk around the rocky beach area, you enter Myrtle Edwards Park.

view of Smith Cove and Pier 91 Cruise Terminal from Myrtle Edwards Park, SeattleFilled with green space and happy dogs, Myrtle Edwards Park offers a terrific view of the grain terminal, Smith Cove and the Pier 91 Cruise Terminal that is used by Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.

sunset over the Puget Sound, as viewed from Myrtle Edwards ParkAs I headed back to Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, I lingered for the sunset over the Puget Sound, as viewed from Myrtle Edwards Park.

The Seattle Sculpture Park is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.  The park also offers free tours for the public on various days and times; you have to check the schedule for details.

Seattle offers many fantastic walks. Learn about them with this book:

Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City

Have you visited Seattle, or do you live in the area? What’s your favorite destination for a walk?

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