Seattle's new Olympic Sculpture Park is now Open!

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives -BRIO

Seattle's new Olympic Sculpture Park is now Open!  The new 9 acre park located in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood (Urban Village) celebrated it's Grand Opening over the weekend!

Bright sunshine, shades, Calder's Eagle, and The Space Needle!

There was bright sunshine, blue skies, crowds, shades, Alexander Calder's Eagle, and The Space Needle for the Grand Opening on Saturday, January 20th 2007!  Given our horrible weather these past few months, it was amazing to have such a dazzeling day for the long awaited opening of the new park!  The park was jammed with Seattlites enjoying the the ART, the SUN, the Park, and the new Beach on Elliott Bay.

Olympic Sculpture park Grand Opening

Patti laughing, Ask Me, and crowds around Calder's Eagle

Fireboat welcomes the crowd at the Grand OpeningFireboat welcomes the crowd as they photogragh all the wonderful ART.  My friend Patti laughing about the "Ask Me" sign.  Seattlites exploring this new addtion to Downtown Seattle and Belltown!  Down near the waterfront is Mark di Suvero's "Schubert Sonata".

For more information on the Olympic Sculpture Park, The Seattle Times has a great interactive site to learn more about the Sculptures, Artists, the Grand Opening Festivities, the parks' development, and the people who made it happen.

 

Walking through Teresita Fernandez's "Seattle Cloud Cover" a commissioned work for the park. 

                                                                              "Cloud Cover"                                                                             Walking past Teresita Fernandez's "Seattle Cloud Cover"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

"Wake" "Wake" and Patti's Llama shadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The play of light and shadow on Richard Serra's "Wake"

                                                ....Patti's playful "Llama" shadow while I take photograghs!

The day could not have been better for the Grand Opening of the Seattle Art Museum's (SAM) new Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown/Downtown Seattle.  The blue of the sky, and Elliott Bay against the red/orange of some of the art, the green of the grass and the colorful crowd made for an exciting experience!

Eagle silhouetted against Elliott Bay, and Alki Point.

Silhouette of Calder's Eagle aginst the crowd, and Alki Point

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Rainer
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Peter Andres - Lic. in FL & NY GRI,SRES,CNE
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Now I feel like taking a vacation to your neck of the woods!
Jan 23, 2007 07:39 AM #5
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Lauren Corna
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Wow, those are awesome photos !!
Jan 23, 2007 08:19 AM #6
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Michael Martell
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I agree the photos are nice. I love it in Washington and we visit there alot.
Jan 23, 2007 08:41 AM #7
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
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Ditto...great photos.  This town needs a little color!  Glad they made it red.
Jan 23, 2007 09:13 AM #8
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Karen Villa Schweinfurth
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Now I know why I love living here. It's the best. Good blog and great pictures. I'm 25 miles N. of you in Everett.
Jan 23, 2007 09:25 AM #9
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Betsy Talbot
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Great photos!  I live in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, and we visited the sculpture park on Sunday (where it was just as crowded!).  This is going to be a gorgeous place to go in the summer - you can see the sculptures, enjoy the plants and meandering path, and walk all the way down to the water and take a seat on a log to watch the boats go by.  I also noticed some very smart agents holding open houses at the condo buildings near the park on Sunday - a nice way to show what a great neighborhood it is! 
Jan 23, 2007 09:40 AM #10
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Great post Deborah. You really brought this park to life. Very inspiring photography. I read about it recentlyt but great to see this. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 23, 2007 09:54 AM #11
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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Peter - Yes, Seattle is a beautiful place to visit (and live!) so come and see us! 

Lauren -  Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed them!

Mike - Thank you, and now you have another place to come and visit!

Ardell - Thank you!  Yes the red ((( POPS! ))) against the blue sky and  <<glows>> against gray skies.  Of course, it is really a unique space in the world, there is nothing like it anywhere because of how the park is sited on Elliott Bay, against the backdrop of the Oplympic Mountains, and Downtown Seattle.

Karen - Thank you...just hop in your car and give the park a test "drive"!

Betsy - Thank you!  I am glad you got to see the park too!  There was an article in the Seattle Times about using the park as a selling feature.

Jeff - Thank you!  I am glad you enjoyed my post and the photos!

Jan 23, 2007 10:12 AM #12
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Rich Jacobson
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Deborah, what an awesome job! I've driven past this "Traffic Jam" several times over the past year, and now it's nice to know that it's finished. I'll have to run over and take a look see. Maybe the next time we do Old Spaghetti Factory! Yeah, there's a good enough excuse!

P.S. We have a much better view of the Olympics over here!!!

Jan 23, 2007 10:39 AM #13
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Teri Isner
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Another reason to visit with the Fish Market area this looks beautiful.
Jan 23, 2007 12:31 PM #14
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Rich - Thank you!  Yes, you could check out the Park after eating at The Old Spaghetti Factory, it's right accross the street, and walk off some of the carbs!   Yes, you do have better view of the Olympics....but we have a better view of the Cascades! :  )

Teri - You could grab a picnic lunch/dinner at Pike Place Market and enjoy it at the Park!

Jan 23, 2007 01:28 PM #15
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Christy Powers
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Great photos....awesome post....Wow...I think I need to redo my local posts and hurry up and get those pictures uploaded.
Jan 23, 2007 03:03 PM #16
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Deborah, great photos.  It's great to be able to tour the country with a local tour guide from the comfort of home, isn't it?  Loved the llama too =)
Jan 23, 2007 10:36 PM #17
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Great shots and local information.  I have visited Seattle and had a really good time, I wanted to spend more time at the fish market and my husband wanted to be at the Music Project.
Jan 23, 2007 11:06 PM #18
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John Hruska
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Wow!  That looks awesome.  Never been to Seattle.  Just had a cousin move there.  Does really rain alot?
Jan 24, 2007 12:49 AM #19
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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Christy - Thank you!  There is always soooo much work to do!

Maggie - Thank you!  Glad you liked the llama too!

Jennifer - Thank you!  Now you'll have to visit the new park....it's between  Pike Place Market and Experience Music Project!

John - Thank you!  It's time to visit your cousin and Seattle!  Mostly we have very wet, heavy mist!

Jan 24, 2007 04:51 AM #20
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Ken Bell
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Ardell,

This town needs a little color!  Glad they made it red.

After they unveiled the EMP you'd think Seattle had enough color to last for a few generations. Haha. 

Bob 

Jan 24, 2007 10:53 AM #21
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John Novak
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Looks like this is a great addition to the community that will deliver some real long-term benefits. Nice photos!
Jan 24, 2007 12:50 PM #22
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Deborah..   a little late to the party.... but as some have said, great pictures. Thanks for sharing. I kind of like art and such. I love what Philly has to offer....  I loved Paris and Rome.... Paris had a lot to offer and a lot of natural art.

Overall, looked like a very good grand opening. It also looked a little chilly. How cold was it?  I am not sure on the Seattle weather, except that it rains....  ;o)  Again, some great photos.

Jan 24, 2007 01:10 PM #23
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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John - Thank you!  It's great because it's so accessible...it spans over a main road and along side another, so everyone can experience "Drive by Art"!

Jeff - Thank you!  That's cool that you enjoy art and have been able to see it in such great places.         The weather was a little chilly, I think it was in the low 50's, maybe high 40's, but the week before we had snow on the ground for 6 days (very unusual)....so we were loving the sunshine and "warmer" temperatures!

Jan 24, 2007 03:24 PM #24
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