"Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Ave

Public Art Walking Tour in Seattle/"Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park
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"Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park

"Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park was designed by Douglas Hollis. Born in 1948, Hollis is an American artist who designs water- and wind-based sculptures. After he graduated from the University of Michigan, he went on to create public works all over the United States. From an early age, Hollis was fascinated by Native American culture. In fact, at the age of 12 years old, he began traveling to Oklahoma to live with Native American families for extended periods of time. These experiences greatly influenced his art and his life.

Cal Anderson Park is the site for "Waterworks" which was built as a calming place to promote relaxation. According to Hollis, "The linear series of water elements create reflection, sound, and motion allowing people to have a more intimate relationship with water."

At the north end of the "Waterworks" structure is a volcano-like cone. From its top, water is released which cascades down a somewhat abstract representation of a rocky mountain stream. At the end of the installment, the water flows into a reflection pool. The experience is intended to be serene and soothing. Some say that the piece is a miniature rendition of the geography of the Cascade Range and Puget Sound.

Cal Anderson is considered to be the hub of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. In addition to the "Waterworks" texture and reflection pool, the park offers a fountain, walking paths, and a wading pool. There is also a picnic shelter, children's play area, and oversized chess boards. This is a place for reading, walking, and contemplation. Cal Anderson Park is open from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Cover image via Flickr by Joe Wolf (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Public Art Walking Tour in Seattle

"Waterworks" in Cal Anderson Park

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