Public Art Maps
This downloadable series of maps provides the opportunity to explore the artistic wonders of downtown Seattle and its neighborhoods. The maps include public art from city, county and state collections as well as corporate artworks, community gardens, significant architecture and other cultural surprises. Individual sites were chosen for aesthetic significance, cultural interest and variety of routes.
Our city offers so much to see that we can't list every artwork that you will encounter. However, we invite you to click on a tour or neighborhood, print the map and legend, and explore.
This guide features nearly 200 permanently sited public artworks in downtown Seattle from the collections of the city of Seattle, King County (administered by 4Culture), and other select organizations.
Ballard today is a "city within a city" that retains its Scandinavian flavor with institutions such as the Nordic Heritage Museum. As residential development grew in the 1950s, the branch library and community center were built north of N.W. Market St. and a new municipal center was created in midtown Ballard. From the industrial zones along its east and south edges (home to many artists' studios), to the fishing, recreational, and environmental activities at Salmon Bay, Chittenden Locks, and Shilshole Bay, Greater Ballard remains a thriving and diverse neighborhood.
Georgetown started as an independent city in 1904 but joined the city of Seattle in 1910. Today, due to the ongoing efforts of this close-knit community, Georgetown is recognized as a neighborhood anchor. The area is abuzz with prize-winning gardens and artists' studios and workshops. Enjoy your visit to this wonderful community.
The University District in northeast Seattle is a diverse area encompassing University Avenue, the University of Washington campus, and a kaleidoscope of parks, museums, theatres, historic houses, shops and restaurants. This vibrant community straddles N.E. 45th Street, running from Ravenna Boulevard in the north to Montlake Cut in the south. It runs from 7th Avenue N.E. to Montlake Boulevard N.E.. With so much to see in the University District, we've split the tour into two maps, north and south. Enjoy exploring this wonderful community.
Audio Tour: Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop
Download the artist-guided walking tour of the temporary sound installation on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, Field Notes: Observing Lake Union by the Studio for Urban Projects. The audio tour explores the underlying ecology of Lake Union and its dramatic transformation through eras of change.