02. Occidental Square

02. Occidental Square

Occidental Square lies in the heart of the historic Pioneer Square district retail core with gathering space, artworks, and seating.

Location

South Main Street & Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Sun and Raven, Killer Whale...

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Where Are They?

You will see Tsonqua and Bear first when you reach Occidental Square. Walk a little farther and you will see Sun and Raven and Killer Whale to your left.

About Sun and Raven, Killer Whale, Bear, Tsonqua

Tsonqua and Bear are figure poles that engage each other from opposite sides of a planting bed. Tsonqua, often portrayed as a welcoming figure, stands with her arms outstretched and lips pursed, and Bear, an animal frequently associated with Native legends, stands with paws reared and teeth bared.

In the monumental totem pole Sun and Raven, carved by artist Duane Pasco, visitors are invited to decipher the Native American legend of "Raven Bringing Light to the World." The legend is depicted through sections of the pole, beginning at the base with the box that held the sun and culminating at the top with Raven spreading sunlight to the world.

Adjacent to Sun and Raven rests the slightly smaller but equally narrative Killer Whale totem, a unique dorsal fin prominently extending from the center of the pole.

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Where Are They?

Keep walking through Occidental Square to find the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

About the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, 1995

Although the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial was inspired by the four firefighters who died in the line of duty while fighting a warehouse fire in the International District in 1995, it stands as a respectful tribute to all firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the department began in 1889.

The granite slabs surrounding the four bronze figures depict a collapsed building. One is carved with the names of fallen firefighters and another is carved with the artist's statement. The artist, Hai Ying Wu, worked with a team of firefighters to design and sculpt the life-sized figures.

The Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a reminder to everyone that the members of our firefighting family who have lost their lives protecting the lives and property of others, are not, and will not ever be forgotten.

From the Artist

Wu intentionally designed the figures with masked faces noting that they "... could be any of the thousands of firefighters who have donned the uniform of the Seattle Fire Department."

Funding

Funding for the Memorial was raised through the efforts and donations of private citizens, firefighters, area businesses, city government, and various private organizations.

Directions to the NEXT STOP

The street in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial is South Main Street. Go left on it and walk up to 2nd Avenue South, enjoying the sights and sounds of Waterfall Garden Park as you pass it on your left. The Firefighter Silhouettes are on the second floor of the building across the street at 2nd Avenue South and South Main Street.