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.

Temporary artwork

Artworks by a variety of local emerging artists are on view at some of the construction sites. These temporary works will be on view for about six months and feature new artwork by artists including Barry Johnson, Hugo Moros, Whitney Lynn, and Janelle Abbott. Get on your bike or put on your walking shoes and check out the artwork!

Artists Selected for FLOW 2021 – 2022

ARTS and SPU recently commissioned 11 emerging artists to develop new temporary art installations for four Ship Canal Water Quality Project sites that will be on display from August 2021 through February 2023. Stay tuned for more information. 

Current temporary artwork

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.