Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Olympic Sculpture Park


One of the highlights of my trip to Seattle was taking an early morning photo jog from downtown over to—and through—the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi and completed in January 2007, the park mitigates the 40-vertical-foot difference between the residential neighborhood along Western Avenue and the waterfront below. The zig-zagging design is speckled with sculptures by artists like Alexander Calder and Richard Serra and earlier this year earned our approval as a city park "Done Right."

I approached the park from the south, jogging past the Edgewater Hotel and Port of Seattle along Alaskan Way, and...
The train continued along the water and the Elliot Bay Trail, which leads to—and through—Myrtle Edwards Park.
A ways down the path, I turned back to admire Mark di Suvero's Schubert Sonata sculpture, constructed in 1992 out of...
Turning to my right and up the path, I ascended up the path to the outlook toward downtown Seattle.
Turning around to continue on my—at this point—photo walk, I stood under the Seattle Cloud Cover by Teresita Fernández...
After crossing the bridge, I arrived on the Meadows, a section of the park planted with native grasses and flowers.
Just after the next turn in the Z-path, a small path cuts off to the left.
The little path lead down to the Valley, the section of the park meant to represent the forests of the Northwest and...
Once entering the top of the valley, the path forked again and offered a walk to the right toward the PACCAR Pavilion...
Next, I turned back, hopped down the stairs to the base of the Valley and wandered through Serra's gigantic sculpture.
Under protection of the cantilevered roof of the PACCAR Pavilion, it was again the red chairs on the stepped, outdoor...
Finally I arrived at the top of the park on corner of Western Avenue and Broad Street.

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