Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces
From SoDo to South Lake Union
- PUBLISHED: November 2018
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture, Art / Sculpture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 320 Pages, 7.5 x 9.5 in, 310 color illus., 10 maps
- ISBN: 9780295744087
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
From cedar totem poles to high-tech video installations, downtown Seattle sparkles with hundreds of artworks adorning plazas, lobbies, parks, and waterfront piers and paths. This impressive collection, comprising works by artists with regional or international reputations (and often both), has expanded rapidly as Seattle’s urban core has grown.
The explosive development of South Lake Union in recent years has brought major works by Jaume Plensa, Julie Speidel, Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, Buster Simpson, Jenny Heishman, and more. The Seattle Art Museum’s ten-year-old Olympic Sculpture Park provides a breathtaking setting for Richard Serra’s monumental Wake and Beverly Pepper’s ever-changing Perre’s Ventaglio III, and links the downtown waterfront to Myrtle Edwards Park, which features Michael Heizer’s once-maligned and now beloved Adjacent, Against, Upon.
To tell the lively stories of those who commissioned and created these artworks, James Rupp interviewed and corresponded with more than ninety artists, also drawing from newspaper reviews, books, catalogs, and artist statements. Photographs by Miguel Edwards, all new to this book, showcase the pieces’ street-level presentation and help the reader understand the larger impact of each work in its neighborhood context. This comprehensive guide offers detailed information about the individual works of art, organized by downtown neighborhood, and featuring:
More than 350 artworks
Over 300 color photographs
9 detailed area maps for self-guided tours
Unique descriptions of each artwork
Biographies of all the artists
Perfect for art and architecture lovers, as well as visitors and newcomers to the city, Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces showcases the wealth of urban art to be freely enjoyed by all.
A Michael J. Repass Book
Authors & Contributors
James M. Rupp is a Seattle native, long-time lawyer, and local historian who has been collecting information about art in Seattle’s public places for over forty years. This is his second book on the subject. Sculptor Miguel Edwards has been a commercial and fine-art photographer in Seattle since 1992. His clients include Pacific Northwest municipalities and Fortune 500 companies, and his photographs have been included in numerous publications, including Billboard and City Arts magazines.
The perfect guide for those wanting to discover the evolution of the city’s public realm through the ideas and works of artists and collectors.- Cath Brunner, Director, Public Art 4Culture
Through the story of Seattle’s embrace of iconic artists and their space-changing work Jim Rupp illuminates how public art transforms public spaces.- Karen J. Hanan, Executive Director, Washington State Arts Commission
In a city famed for its natural beauty, Jim Rupp reveals the treasures of Seattle’s often ground-breaking, frequently eye-catching, but sometimes overlooked public art. Rupp’s study is comprehensive, insightful and richly illustrated—the essential guide to those who seek to understand Seattle through the prism of its most significant creative expressions.- Leonard Garfield, Executive Director, Museum of History and Industry
Jim Rupp’s excellent guide brings to life the city’s pioneering investment in public art. Today Seattle boasts a word-class collection—a free outdoor museum in plain sight for every citizen and visitor to appreciate and enjoy.- Virginia Wright