James Wehn
Chief Seattle Bust
1909

LOCATION
Pioneer Place Park
100 Yesler Way

FUNDING SOURCE
Part of improvements made for the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition


A bronze bust of Chief Seattle, the city's namesake, tops a multi-tiered fountain marking the northern boundary of Pioneer Square. The sculptor James Wehn, one of the first professional artists based in Seattle, used the only surviving photographic portrait of the leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes as the basis of his original plaster cast. The fountain's base originally had three layers of basins providing drinking water to humans, horses and dogs.