The Olympic Sculpture Park is a public park infront of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and displays modern and contemporary sculpture.
The park, which opened back in 2007, has a number of outdoor sculptures and an indoor pavilion. It's located in Belltown at the end of the Central Waterfront near the southern end of Myrt.
The Olympic Sculpture Park has a wide variety of outdoor sculptures, from expensive to free to old and new, indoors and out.
The Seattle Art Museum rotates a large artwork at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The last installation was from Victoria Haven in 2016 to 2017, followed by Spencer Finch from 2017 to 2019 and Regina Silveira from 2019 to 2020.
Unocal used to operate a number of workshops and companies on this site but finally stopped production back in the 1970s. The land was then abandoned and became a contaminated brownfield until Seattle Art Museum proposed to turn it into a green space.
The lead designer of this park was Weiss/Manfredi Architects, who worked with Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture, Magnusson Klemencic Associates and other consultants.
We first discussed the idea of a green space for large, monumental sculpture in Seattle with Virginia and Bagley Wright, Mary and Jon Shirley, and then with Seattle Art Museum director (and wife of William Gates Sr.)
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Wyckoff, soon after becoming a trustee for the Trust for Public Land, began an effort to identify possible locations for the park.
Mary and Jon Shirley have been supporting this project since its inception. In addition, the couple donated $30 million to establish themselves as foundational donors. In lieu of constructing a sculpture garden, they have provided $12 million for the shoreline restoration at Myrtle Edwards park.
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