Isamu Noguchi
Black Sun
1969

LOCATION
Volunteer Park
1400 East Galer St.

FUNDING SOURCE
National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Foundation


In 1968 internationally acclaimed artist Isamu Noguchi envisioned creating a fluid and timeless work that would appear to move as the sun does, creating a kind of dialogue between the real sun and the artwork itself.

Black Sun was a gift donated to the City of Seattle by the Seattle Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which commissioned the sculpture as its first artwork in Seattle, Black Sun reflects the artist's interest in circular shapes and in outdoor environments for sculpture. Noguchi rendered the stone to echo the organic forms found in nature. From its location in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, the rounded black Brazilian granite form, nine feet in diameter, opens in the middle creating a natural frame through which to view the landmark Space Needle, the Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains.