James FitzGerald and Margaret Tomkins
Waterfront Fountain
1974

LOCATION
Waterfront Park
1301 Alaskan Way

FUNDING SOURCE
Gift to the city of Seattle


The rectangular forms of textured bronze in Waterfront Fountain provide a geometric framework for cascades of water to tumble across and down into a wide basin below. Designed by James FitzGerald, its completion was carried out after his death by his wife Margaret Tomkins, a noted Northwest painter. With a structured appearance reminiscent of the minimalist aesthetic of the late '60s and early '70s, the fountain forms the centerpiece of Waterfront Park, a common area that includes piers 57 through 59 and offers beautiful views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound and the Olympics.