Artwork / Architecture, Seattle
I don't know if Chihuli is an indian or not, but I admired the sensibility he shows about indian culture.
His "boathouse", more than being a cathedral of glass creation, is a carefully displayed collection of indian artifacts, that evidence the pleasure of just holding them.
We'd read about it and heard about it but nothing could prepare us for how magnificent this simple work of impromptu "art" would be.
A very simple yet novel idea which has caught on and is now a big tourist draw to the neighborhood.
Once there you cannot help but "contribute" to the increasing size of the wall.
Take the time to look at it and catch the unique way in which people have added their own unique signature to the wall.
According to history:
"The Market Theater Gum Wall is a local landmark in downtown Seattle, in Post Alley under Pike Place Market. Similar to Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California, the Market Theater Gum Wall is a brick alleyway wall now covered in used chewing gum. Parts of the wall are covered several inches thick, 15 feet high for 50 feet.
The wall is by the box office for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when patrons of Unexpected Productions' Seattle Theatresports stuck gum to the wall and placed coins in the gum blobs. Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up after market officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction in around 1999. People initially stuck coins to the wall using the gum, and some people create small works of art out of gum".
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper had a 146 year tradition of delivering news to Seattle residents and those of the surrounding area. Sometmes stories would appear as far south as our local paper in Portland, Oregon.
While not very tall, the PI globe, with the rotating caption that says "It's in the PI", is very close to the waterfront, and therefore is still a prominent feature from certain vantage points. Even with all the much taller buildings, the fact it is along the waterfront makes the PI globe stand out.
It is especially prominent at night.
Unfortunately, in recent years, the PI has moved to web based delivery only, and there are vacant paper boxes scattered all over the city, even now, well after the paper has ceased publication of its paper edition.
This unique artwork, created directly under the Aurora Bridge, was commissioned and paid for by the local community.
Go see it, it fun to just climb around on. Maybe you can crawl up a Nostril.
Look at that photo, see the Volkswagon Beetle? It's a real one.
Beautiful classic and old movie theater - the kind with a real auditorium screen, where you feel that going to "the movies" is a real treat. The Egyptian is associated with Seattle Community College on Capital Hill, and is just down one block from Broadway. Not fancy on the outside, but well worth coming a little distance to see a flick here.
Like any American city, Seattle has some nicely clipped lawns with trimmed hedges. But what sets Seattle apart is the number of homeowners that have ripped sod out of their yards and gotten creative. Some are successes and others apparent failures but everyone seems to be following their own path. Luckily, there is beauty in chaos.
Keep an eye out for the magnificent public artwork found throughout Seattle. If my camera's battery wasn't failing, I would have taken so many more pictures. Luckily this one worked out! It's a beautiful Pacific Northwest themed mural painted on a building, a few blocks away from the piers and Pike Place Market.
If you're a fan of architecture at all, be sure to check out the Experience Music Project (EMP) located at Seattle Center. We didn't have time to tour the EMP, although we did visit their store. I had watched a program on TV a few months prior to my visit to Seattle. It was about the building and architecture of this EMP interactive music museum, and of course, after catching a glimpse of the building off to the distance while visiting the Pacific Science Center, I had to go see it up close myself. The architect who designed the EMP also designed the amazing Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
If you're driving around Fremont, you're likely to see the Largest Statue of Vladimir Lenin known to exist in the USA. He is usually decorated with some form of seasonal dress....