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Public Art Walking Tour in Seattle

In 1973, Seattle became the first city in the United States to pass the 1 Percent for Art ordinance. The program ensures that one percent of funds allocated for a city's improvement projects go toward the purchase and installation of public art. Today, Seattle celebrates its reputation as a city that stresses the importance of innovation, culture, and creativity. By offering opportunities for the community to enjoy art on roadways, parks, bridges, libraries, and other public spaces, citizens can find enrichment in their daily lives and support visual artists. Seattle has 400 permanent works and nearly 3,000 portable works brilliantly scattered around the city. This post shares some of the city's favorites pieces and public art locations. Cover image via Pixabay.

  • 1.

    "Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park

    "Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park

    The goal of Waterworks is to lure you into Cal Anderson Park just to hang out and relax.

  • 2.

    Space Needle

    Space Needle

    Some architects and artists claim that the Space Needle is Seattle's most iconic piece of public art.

  • 3.

    Fremont Troll

    Fremont Troll

    Where else can you find a gigantic troll hiding under a bridge but in Seattle?

  • 4.

    Counterbalance Park

    Counterbalance Park

    Enjoy an urban park located in Lower Queen Anne with a brilliant evening light show.

  • 5.

    Olympic Structure Park

    Olympic Structure Park

    A free public art park that features a 9-acre outdoor sculpture museum and beach.

  • 6.

    Fremont Bridge

    Fremont Bridge

    The most opened drawbridge in the United States also serves as a community arts center.

  • 7.

    The Wall of Death

    The Wall of Death

    Some call it "tacky," others "morbid," but The Wall of Death actually relates to motorcycle stunts.

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