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If you go
Seattle Times Art Critic Sheila Farr is your guide around the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Print the tour map (PDF 3.2mb)
Going to the park
October-April: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
May-September: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Opening weekend events
The park opens publicly Jan. 20. Here's a list of the events.
Getting there and around
The park is at the north end of downtown, bordered by Western Avenue, Broad Street, Bay Street and Elliott Bay.
Address: 2901 Western Ave., Seattle
Parking: 50 spots of paid parking are available in the Pavilion garage. The entrance is located on Broad Street. Rates range from $6 (0-2 hours) to $22 (all day). Metered parking is available on Western Avenue and Alaskan Way.
Bus routes: Seattle Metro buses that stop within two blocks: 1, 2, 13, 15, 18, 21, 22, 36, 56, 57, 99, 131 and 132. www.metrokc.gov
The making of the park
The life of a city block | Interactive timeline
Since the Denny Party first crossed Elliott Bay in 1852, the stretch of shoreline that is now home to the Olympic Sculpture Park has gone through almost constant change.
- Serra on "Wake" | Video
Artist Richard Serra discusses his 300-ton steel sculpture.
- Virtual tour | 360°
Experience views from the park.
- Art alfresco | Photo gallery
The park in photos
- See the park live | Webcam
Watch a live video feed of the Olympic Sculpture Park.
- Park built in a minute | Photo sequence
- The Beginning: SAM project manager describes park | Audio slide show
- "Eagle" in flight to park | Audio slide show
- Park also changing underwater landscape with seawall | Graphic
- Botanicals designed to do more than showcase artwork | Graphic
- How 300-ton "Wake" was installed | Graphic
Read about the park
It's not often in the life of a city that its identity transforms. Not just the way a place looks or functions, but the way people perceive it, at home and abroad.
All the artwork is beautifully sited and the relationships among the pieces were carefully considered. There's enough variety to please a broad swath of people.
Seattle at last gets a major downtown public space to match its ambitions as a city.
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