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Year Built: 1982


Artist Name: Douglas Hollis

Fun Fact: This art installation is where Seattle grunge band "Soundgarden", established in in 1984, got its name.

Medium: Steel 

Neighborhood: Warren G. Magnuson Park 

Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

"A Sound Garden is one of six outdoor public art works on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus that lies adjacent to the Warren G. Magnuson Park on the northwestern shore of Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Arts Commission guided the jury selection headed by Sadao James Hilario, Engineer-in-charge of the GSA Art in Architecture Program for the NOAA Project, and the jury chose 5 artists from a pool of more than 250.

Designed and built by sculptor Douglas Hollis from 1982-83, A Sound Garden is a sculptural group composed of twelve 21 feet (6.4 m) high steel tower structures, at the top of each of which hangs an organ pipe attached to a weather vane that produces soft-toned sounds when it is rotated or passed through by the wind." Source: Wikipedia

NOTE: A Sound Garden is currently under construction, with limited access to the surrounding grounds. Please explore this landmark "virtually" for now, and don't forget to check it out in person once construction has completed. 

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