Ming Fay’s Pillar Arc, US Courthouse Plaza

Pillar Arc stands in the plaza of the United States Courthouse in downtown Seattle at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Seventh Avenue. Ming Fay created this cast aluminum sculpture in 2004. Fay used the shape of a tiny cedar cone scale and enlarged it to the size of a cedar tree. For those outside of Seattle: Is there a sculpture in front…

Travelling With Out Movement, mural by Hebru Brantley

Some public art is temporary. Find “Travelling With Out Movement” between 3rd and 4th Avenues on James Street on the temporary fence around the construction site for the Civic Square. Hebru Brantley often creates optimistic murals featuring brave children. The Tuskegee Airmen inspired Brantley’s Fly Boy and Fly Girl characters. If you are not in Seattle, visit a construction…

GREEN LAKE: A classic walk in Seattle

Seattle has salt water and fresh water parks; wild shorelines, and tame. Have you walked (or biked or run or roller-bladed) around Green Lake? Thousands of years ago a glacier carved what is now Green Lake. Green Lake may be fresh water and have a tame paved trail, but it has water to swim in…

First Thursday, and beyond: Sights to see in Seattle soon

The First Thursday of each month is a free art day in Seattle. Museums are free. Here is a huge list! Did you know we had this many museums in the area? Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Free – first Thursday of every month. Bellevue Arts Museum Free – first Friday of every…

Tree Walks: (Seattle) Sights to See at any time

Northern Red Oak, Hiawatha Park, West Seattle Take a tree walk in your neighborhood or at the closest park. Over the weekend I took a walk guided by Tree Ambassador Al from reLeaf, a division of SDOT. All the photos are from that walk. You can use a map and guide (an example)  from Seattle’s reLeaf program…

SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE ARBORETUM: Seattle sights to see soon

Did you know South Seattle College had an arboretum? It is small and lovely and free. The college has a master gardener program. You may bump into some very informative people as you wander the pretty paths. It has an ambitious Chinese garden (The Seattle Chinese Garden) with a wonderful fish sculpture and a peony garden….

Seattle Sights to See soon: WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM

It’s free to walk the many trails of the enormous arboretum in any season. The park is open dawn to dusk. Be ready for some mud, winter and spring. You can even visit Lake Washington. Take the Foster Island path. From its bridges you may see turtles and water birds, and all kinds of marsh plants….

Sights to see soon, Seattle: CONSTELLATION PARK

CONSTELLATION PARK Constellation Park lies along the shore of Puget Sound in West Seattle. A walk here, as the sun sets over the Olympic Mountains, should be a requirement for anyone wishing to call herself a Seattleite. Nature-lovers, walk this park shoreline at low tide. The Seattle Aquarium often sends volunteers to help visitors identify intertidal…

Sights to see soon, Seattle: SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK

SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK (5551 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116) It’s free to wander the trails of this wonderful city park in West Seattle. It is a patch of old growth forest. Look for western red cedars, Douglas fir trees, and hemlocks. Look for native plants: salal, sword fern, bracken fern, and Oregon grape. Watch out…

The Frye Museum is ALWAYS Free: Seattle Sights to see soon

You will love this small museum. It is free. It has a small restaurant. It has a terrific shop. Most important, it has several interesting shows. The Frye Museum, at the corner of Cherry and Terry, currently hosts paintings: Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark, 16 JULY – 25 SEPTEMBER…

Seattle Sights to See Now: The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

Who is an immigrant in Seattle? Almost everyone! The local native people celebrate their heritage at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. It includes a gallery, a shop, and a large room with an inlaid wood floor patterned to look like a traditional basket weave. Make sure to look at the wall materials too! 4705…