03. Firefighter Silhouettes, 1987

03. Firefighter Silhouettes, 1987

Three eight-foot silhouettes of firefighters accent the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters building.

Location

Seattle Fire Dept Headquarters
301 2nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

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Where Are They?

The cutouts appear in second story corner niches on the outside of the Fire Station Headquarters, and are back-lit at night.

About Firefighter Silhouettes

Tom Askman created three eight-foot high silhouettes of firefighters, with bronze finish on zinc underlay, for Fire Station 10 (what is now Seattle Fire Department Headquarters).

In 1984, voters approved a bond issue that allowed for the renovation of 16 fire stations. Three artists, Tom Askman, Kenny Schneider and Ellen Ziegler, were chosen to work as a team on the project. The artists were asked to examine all of the fire stations and to select those they would like to work with. The artists selected five stations throughout the city: the old Fire Station 6 (no longer being used), Fire Station 13, Fire Station 17, Fire Station 41 and the old Fire Station 10 (now the Fire Station Headquarters).

Funding

Funded by Department of Administrative Services 1% for Art funds.

Directions to the NEXT STOP

When facing the Fire Station main entrance, walk left/south on 2nd Avenue South until you reach South Jackson Street. Cross 2nd Avenue South and South Jackson Street to King Street Center.