Public Art

Seattle Public Utilities, in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture, has commissioned a suite of artworks, both temporary and permanent, that will help tell the story of the underground storage tunnel. Aligned with the goals outlined in the Ship Canal Water Quality Project and the SPU Drainage and Wastewater Art Master Plan, the artworks seek to make the invisible visible and to provide visitors with an understanding of the flow of water on site and through the surrounding neighborhoods.

The City of Seattle's Public Art program integrates artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity. The program specifies that 1% of eligible city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase, and installation of artworks in a variety of settings. For more information about the Public Art program visit, the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art webpage or email the Office of Arts & Culture at arts.culture@seattle.gov.

Audio tour: Saltwater Soundwalk

logo for saltwater soundwalk showing water and circle wavy graphics

Saltwater Soundwalk is a site-specific audio experience, created by artists Jenny Asarnow and Rachel Lam (Anigiduwagi enrolled Cherokee Nation), about our relationships and responsibilities towards the Salish Sea and connecting waters, centering Indigenous Coast Salish voices and language. Listen on site in Seattle’s Fremont, Wallingford and Ballard neighborhoods or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Commissioned with SPU 1% for Art Funds
Administered by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
City of Seattle, Bruce Harrell, Mayor

Temporary artwork

Artworks by a variety of local emerging artists are on view at some of the construction sites for about six months. Get on your bike or put on your walking shoes and check out the new artwork!

Artists Selected for FLOW: Art Along the Ship Canal

FLOW: Art Along the Ship Canal is an annual program that utilizes the construction fences along the Ship Canal Water Quality project as a backdrop to allow artists to showcase their unique voices and provide a changing gallery of experiences for those who walk, bike, drive throughout the area. Artists were selected by a panel of artists, community members, and City staff. 

See below for more information about the current and past artists on display.  

Current temporary artwork

Landscape, Collage, Waterway, Tapestry

Fremont

Visual artist Allyce Wood's large scale drawings depict our changing city and the waterways that connect us. With colors borrowed from this specific environment, she uses digital means to create new views of our surroundings, incorporating symbols like ribbons, currents and streams, and raindrops to speak to shifts and changes, pools and weather fronts. This series tells the story of the constant pull of water in all of its changeable states.

Four vinyl banners that showcase water-related digital paintings. They are secured to a chain link fence with a black construction screen
Medium: Digital Paintings on vinyl banners with hardware






Permanent artwork

As a part of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project, five new permanent artworks will be developed and displayed. Explore below for more information about each artist and their inspiration or take a look at our public art fact sheet.