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Warren G. Magnuson Park
Fin Art in the Winter
Next time you're at Kite Hill or the beach, stroll over to see a unique art work, "The Fin Project: From Swords to Plowshares." Made from submarine fins, this sculptural installation is arranged to represent a pod of whales. Dedicated in 1998, this art work was created by John T. Young. It has sparked a diverse mix of comments and interpretations from park visitors. Find "Fin Art" on the eastern foot of Sand Point Head (Kite Hill), just north of the swimming beach. Just a side note: Because of this art project, many people have wondered if Naval Station Puget Sound ever was a submarine port. This is one side that of the peninsula's history that never took form.
For more on "The Fin Project, "see a description from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/permanent.asp?view=2&img=0&cat=1&item=11.
In June 2007, the newest piece of public art was unveiled in Magnuson
Park. Artist Perri Lynch's design commemorates a survey calibration
baseline through the placement of twelve, 6-foot-high limestone columns.
The installation, called "Straight Shot," features holes bored
through each column that allows visitors to experience what a surveyor
does. Since closure of Naval Air Station - Seattle public and private
surveyors have used the baseline to verify and calibrate their equipment.
The location of the baseline follows the western edge of the main air
station runway. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle
Public Utilities commissioned the work in 2005. A surveyors association
and a private survey-equipment company also contributed.
For more on "Straight Shot, "see a description from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs http://seattle.gov/arts/publicart/permanent.asp?cat=6&view=2&img=0&item=9.
NOTE: Due to security concerns, access to NOAA and the Art Walk has been restricted. Photo ID is required to enter (such as a student ID, state driver's license, etc.). All visitors must use NOAA's main access road and stop at the security guard station for access. NOAA's main gate is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can walk in (but cannot drive in) to Art Walk and Sound Garden. Backpacks will be searched; picnic baskets and other large containers are not allowed. NOAA's back gate is open as well Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., so visitors can pass between NOAA property and Magnuson Park. No access on weekends. For more information, contact NOAA site facility manager at (206) 526-6163 or view NOAA's website at http://www.wrc.noaa.gov/
Some art you can hear as well as see. One such piece is part of a public art walk on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus, at the northern end of Sand Point Peninsula. While not part of Warren G. Magnuson Park, the NOAA art walk is popular with many park visitors. A half-mile trail gives access to all artworks on the NOAA property.
NOAA's art collection includes six outdoor artworks by nationally recognized
artists. Of special interest is the "Sound Garden," located
atop a knoll near NOAA's boundary with Warren G. Magnuson Park. This
installation features pipes that generate muted tones, with the pitch
dependent on the direction and velocity of the wind. In all, the NOAA
art collection pleases the eye, challenges the mind and enchants the
» NOAA Art Walk Brochure
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