Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008
Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008

Maps & Apps

We invite you to chart your own course through the city keeping an eye out for art in unexpected places. Art gives shape to Seattleʼs urban fabric. Since 1973, Seattle has proudly supported this endeavor with its 1% for Art program. Venture into Seattleʼs many neighborhoods and find other engaging works of art. The cityʼs collection includes more than 400 permanent public artworks. Enjoy your journey. We hope you are inspired, delighted and challenged along the way.

Discover Public Art with your smARTphone

The Office of Arts & Culture maintains a public art app for Seattle's permanently installed collection. The app is called STQRY (pronounced "story") and is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 operating systems for free.

A major benefit to this particular app is that a number of local art organizations and arts agencies are using it including 4Culture, ArtsWA (Washington state's collection), City of Redmond (public art and events), City of Kent (public art), City of Sammamish (public art, parks, facilities), and Renton History Museum (exhibits and City of Renton public art). And there are more agencies and organizations to come.

The app will help you locate new works of art via a GPS system that can tell you what's nearby, and also has a QR (hence the "qr" in STQRY) code scanner, so you can find out more about a work of art that you happen upon. Information includes a history, artist statement, and historic images and video when available.

Public Art Maps

This downloadable series of maps provides the opportunity to explore the artistic wonders of downtown Seattle and its neighborhoods. The maps include public art from city, county and state collections as well as corporate artworks, community gardens, significant architecture and other cultural surprises. Individual sites were chosen for aesthetic significance, cultural interest and variety of routes.

Our city offers so much to see that we can't list every artwork that you will encounter. However, we invite you to click on a tour or neighborhood, print the map and legend, and explore.

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Permanently Sited
The collection includes more than 400 permanently sited and integrated works. Artworks are commissioned through a public process. Panels comprised of professional visual artists along with community and city representatives evaluate the artist applicants. The city stewards and maintains its artworks through an ongoing program of coordinated conservation activities, which include inspections, major restorative work and routine maintenance.
Portable Works
The city's Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of nearly 3,000 artworks in all media, representing hundreds of artists collected by the city since 1973. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles.
Temporary Public Art Projects
Civic Square Fence
Three mural artists and artist-teams have created 200-foot long murals now on view on the Civic Square construction fence in downtown Seattle.
Poetry Garden Art Series
Four artists have been commissioned to create temporary interventions in the Seattle Center Poetry Garden to call attention to the unique character of the site, a space designed to ask visual artists to draw inspiration from the written word.
In our Galleries
Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
January 5 – February 28, 2017
City Hall Gallery currently features Architecture of the Pacific Northwest – a playing card artwork project. The exhibition, running through February 28, showcases the artistry and creativity of Seattle architects who design the Pacific Northwest’s built environment, while bringing together the architecture community in a unique way.
Your Body of Water, Part I
January 11 – April 4, 2017
The Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery now features Your Body of Water Part I, an exhibition drawn from a recent purchase of 33 artworks by 31 artists from the Pacific Northwest for the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) portable works collection. The exhibition aims to visually explore our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU.
Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk
Thru February 10, 2017
Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!Thru February 10, 2017 at Seattle Presents Gallery in the Seattle Municipal TowerOpen Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 2 p.m. and by appointment
Vikram Madan, <em>An Utterance Ineffable</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
January 17 – April 10, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features the exhibition An Utterance Ineffable by Seattle-area artist Vikram Madan. The exhibition features 15 acrylic paintings that are influenced by narrative folk and expressionist art that Madan encountered while growing up in India.

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