Gloria Bornstein, "Neototems," 1995, Seattle Center, photo by Spike Mafford.
Gloria Bornstein, "Neototems," 1995, Seattle Center, photo by Spike Mafford.

Permanently Sited

The mission of Seattle's public art program is to integrate artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings. Artworks commissioned through the program should be an expression of our time, displayed in spaces accessible to community members and employees as they participate in city-related activity and engage in public life.

Major indoor and outdoor permanently sited and integrated artworks are found in prominent locations across the city. Supported by 1% of city construction budgets, public art appears in streets, parks, community centers, libraries, utility facilities and municipal offices.

Collection Highlights

Click on the links below to see a sampling of public artworks in the city.

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Experience

Find Art in your Neighborhood
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.
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.
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A series of performances and temporary art installations organized for a city block at the location of Seattle City Light's future Denny Substation.
Browse the Collection
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.
In our Galleries
The Vera Project: 14 years of True and Sincere Friends
July 2 - August 28, 2015
An exhibition featuring visuals and stories from The Vera Project community, including posters, photographs and ephemera.
Recent Acquisitions of Native American Art for Seattle Public Utilities Portable Artwork Collection
July 1 - September 29, 2015
Highlighting 25 works from Native American artists acquired for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Portable Artworks Collection.
Countless
July 13 - September 11, 2015
An installation project featuring handmade beads that will transform the gallery through color from Seattle artist Carolina Silva
Jazz Brown, <em>the sea stands for clarity</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
July 15 - October 13, 2015
Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery presents Jazz Brown, "the sea stands for clarity."

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