Everett Dupen with Paul Thiry
Fountain of Creation
Between Key Arena and the Northwest Rooms
Gift of the World's Fair to the city of Seattle
Everett Dupen's bronze and stone water garden incorporates three organic forms subtitled the Evolution of Man, the Flight of Gulls and Seaweed, surrounded by rugged rocks rising from the bottom of a large square basin. Created for the 1962 World's Fair with direction from Seattle modernist architect Paul Thiry, the fountain references the evolution of life and water's critical role in that process. It also acts as a celebration of humans, plants and animals on land, sea and in the air. Jets of water, which highlight the bronzes but never eclipse them, playfully add to this sense of vitality.
With the artist's permission, the city completed a remodel of the fountain in the early 1990s, adding some 45 stones and boulders to the piece and installing equipment to improve water quality. A popular spot for wading toddlers and their moms in the summer and a pleasant place for quiet contemplation during the cool months, Dupen's water garden complements the idea of Seattle Center as an urban gathering place and preserves a piece of visual culture from a significant time in Seattle's history.