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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: Access to NOAA - Western Regional Center and the Art Walk is restricted. Photo ID is required to enter (student ID, state driver's license, etc.). All visitors must enter via NE NOAA Drive (NE 80th Street) and stop at the guard station. NOAA's main gate is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No access on weekends. For more information, contact NOAA Facilities at 206-526-6445 or view the NOAA-WRC webpage: http://www.wrc.noaa.gov
The NOAA Art Walk was created in the early 1980s and includes six outdoor artworks by nationally recognized artists. The most recognized sculpture is "A Sound Garden". This piece is located at the eastern end of the NOAA campus and features organ-like pipes that make sounds depending upon wind direction and speed. However due to its poor condition one only hears tones with strong breezes. The sculpture can be seen from Kite Hill within Magnuson Park when NOAA is closed.
» NOAA Art Walk Brochure
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