06. Fire Station 10

06. Fire Station 10

Four public artworks in and around Fire Station 10 reflect the life-saving work of the emergency personnel housed in the facility.

Location

400 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

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Where Is It?

Call and Response is at the corner of 4th Avenue South and South Washington Street to the left of the red doors.

About Call and Response

A large boulder etched with abstract lines evoking water ripples forms the focal point of Stuart Nakamura's Call and Response, a sculptural installation on the plaza of Fire Station 10. Natural stone inlays set into the plaza are reminiscent of designs from Asian art and a nod to the station's location at the edge of the Chinatown-International District, home to Seattle's original Asian immigrants. The shapes of the inlays reflect the arc of a steel, laser-cut "water spray" sculpture, which depicts a firefighter wielding a hose.

From the Artist

"Call and Response pays tribute to the service and valor of the firefighters of Fire Station 10 with these three elements: a stainless steel arc of water containing the imagery of smoke and a firefighter; a rough-hewn, moss-covered granite boulder; and inlaid arcs of natural stone. Known in the Seattle Fire Department as 'The Rock,' Fire Station 10 continues the historic tradition of protecting the Downtown and International District communities with its response to emergency calls."

Firefighters' Memorial, 1987

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Where Is It?

Firefighters' Memorial forms the inside floor of the main entrance on 4th Avenue South.

About Firefighters' Memorial

Ellen Ziegler created a floor mosaic for Fire Station 10's main entry. The mosaic, in terrazzo and brass, depicts a firefighter holding a hose to put out a fire, framed by a memorial inscription to those lost in the line of duty.

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Where Is It?

The Sentinels start just past the red doors on South Washington Street and continue up towards 5th Avenue South.

Learn About Sentinels

Gloria Bornstein's Sentinels is a multi-sculptural environment of eight sculptures along the sidewalk at Fire Station 10. The fire-engine red steel sculptures comprise Sentinels designed to invite pedestrians into the space adjoining the sidewalk along Fire Station 10.

From the Artist

"My artworks explore the archaeology of place with its multi-faceted identity, diverse voices and alternative perspectives. The artwork playfully explores shifting perspectives through the placement of eight sculptures, diminishing in scale along the upgrade of the Fire Station 10 sidewalk.

"The sculptures are inspired by my explorations of protective gear of different cultures and the beauty of Asian architecture and folk craft, reflecting the cultural diversity of the Chinatown-International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. The multi-sculptural environment represents the guardians of the city. Just as the staff of Fire Station 10 facility in the Chinatown-International District is responsible for the public safety of the city, the surrounding Asian community has been standing watch over the interests of their neighborhood."

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Where Is It?

bamboo, luminousĀ is against the outside of the Fire Station wall, onĀ 5th Avenue South.

Learn About bamboo, luminous

bamboo, luminous by Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, has seven resin "bamboo shoots" that mark the entry to the Emergency Operations Center.

Directions to the NEXT STOP

Facing Call and Response at the corner of South Washington Street and 4th Avenue South, head left down South Washington Street until the intersection. Cross South Washington Street to Prefontaine Place South and walk down until you reach 4Culture on your left, near Yesler Way.