Olympic Sculpture Park
of the Seattle Art Museum
The Gardens of the Olympic Sculpture Park are the clothing that dresses the land of an abandoned fuel storage site. A reversed Z-shaped central path traverses roads and railroad tracks, as it connects the urban core of the city to the vast landscape of Puget Sound and its namesake, the Olympic Mountains.
These connections are also reflected in a series of gardens, all distinctive prototypical landscapes of a “mountain to shore” narrative: The Valley, The Greensward, The Grove, The Meadows, The Shore, and The Tides. Each garden evokes the feeling of an iconic landscape of Western Washington, while providing unique settings for sculpture, from large works to subtle time-based pieces. Paths and lawns create an iconic composition of seating areas and shade trees, framing views of Mt Rainier, and embracing gatherings. The settings created by these landscapes will elicit responses from artists, who will produce additional pieces for the park, from large works to subtle time-based pieces.
More information on the project at the Seattle Art Museum website.
- 2008 5th European Biennial of Landscape Architecture
- 2008 World Architecture Festival
- 2008 EDRA/Places Awards
- 2008 Travel – Leisure Design Awards Best Cultural Space
- 2007 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
- 2007 Top Ten Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels
- 2007 AIA National Honor Award
- 2007 ASLA National Honor Award
- 2007 AIA New York Excellence in Design Award
- 2007 AIA New York Honor Award
- 2007 AIA Seattle Honor Award
- 2007 Finalist: International Urban
- 2005 Seattle Design Commission Award and Mayor Commendation
- 2005 Groundswell Exhibit featuring Olympic Sculpture Park, MoMA
- 2003 Progressive Architecture Award
- Related Publications
Contemporary Landscape Design 2, Tianjin University Press, 2011
Lam, George. Landscape Design@USA (2nd Edition), Pace Publishing, 2009.
Enlow, Clair. “Art in the Open.” Landscape Architecture, August 2007.
“An Urban Incarnation of the Native Landscape: Olympic Sculpture Park.” Landscape Design, July 2007, pp. 32-38.
Easton, Valerie. “Sculpture Park Groundcover.” The Seattle Times, February 7, 2007.
Seattle Art Museum Ð Olympic Sculpture Park, Lecturer, 2007