Susan Point, "Symphony of Butterflies," 2008, serigraph, 37"h x 30"w x 1/16"d. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Susan Point, "Symphony of Butterflies," 2008, serigraph, 37"h x 30"w x 1/16"d. Photo by Spike Mafford.

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.

The artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of municipal buildings. Using 1%-for-Art funds from city construction budgets, the portable collection includes the work of emerging and established artists.

The purpose of the Portable Works Collection is to increase public awareness of and support for the arts by displaying works in the working environment of public buildings. Here, the employees are able to experience a wide array of artistic and cultural expression.

Collection Highlights

View a sampling of featured portable artworks.

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Public Art

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.
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.
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.
Seattle Center Sculpture Walk
Series of temporary artworks to enliven the Seattle Center Campus with color, whimsy and surprise. The temporary artworks range from site specific sculptural installations to community engagement sessions.
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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