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Warren G. Magnuson

Warren G. Magnuson Park
Public Art

Warren G. Magnuson Park Information: (206)684-4946
Park Address: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 > directions
Administrative office visiting address: 6310 NE 74th St, bldg 30 southeast offices
Administrative office mail: 6310 NE 74th St., Suite 109E, Seattle, WA 98115

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Fin Art in the winter.
Fin Art in the Winter

"Fin Art"

Next time you're at Kite Hill or the beach, stroll over to see a unique art work, "The Fin Project: From Swords to Plowshares." Made from submarine fins, this sculptural installation is arranged to represent a pod of whales. Dedicated in 1998, this art work was created by John T. Young. It has sparked a diverse mix of comments and interpretations from park visitors. Find "Fin Art" on the eastern foot of Sand Point Head (Kite Hill), just north of the swimming beach. Just a side note: Because of this art project, many people have wondered if Naval Station Puget Sound ever was a submarine port. This is one side that of the peninsula's history that never took form.

For more on "The Fin Project, "see a description from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

"Straight Shot"

In June 2007, the newest piece of public art was unveiled in Magnuson Park. Artist Perri Lynch's design commemorates a survey calibration baseline through the placement of twelve, 6-foot-high limestone columns. The installation, called "Straight Shot," features holes bored through each column that allows visitors to experience what a surveyor does. Since closure of Naval Air Station - Seattle public and private surveyors have used the baseline to verify and calibrate their equipment. The location of the baseline follows the western edge of the main air station runway. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Utilities commissioned the work in 2005. A surveyors association and a private survey-equipment company also contributed.

For more on "Straight Shot, "see a description from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

NOAA Art Walk and "Sound Garden"

NOTE: Access to NOAA - Western Regional Center and the Art Walk is restricted. Photo ID is required to enter (student ID, state driver's license, etc.). Please contact NOAA for hours and access instructions.

The NOAA Art Walk was created in the early 1980s and includes six outdoor artworks by nationally recognized artists. The most recognized sculpture is "A Sound Garden". This piece is located at the eastern end of the NOAA campus and features organ-like pipes that make sounds depending upon wind direction and speed. However due to its poor condition one only hears tones with strong breezes. The sculpture can be seen from Kite Hill within Magnuson Park when NOAA is closed.

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Updated June 16, 2016

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