3. Skytones, 1998

3. Skytones, 1998

Anna Valentina Murch's 1998 "SkyTones" at Benaroya Hall is a lighting artwork that references a dissolving twilight.

Where Is It?

Skytones is inside Benaroya Hall above the lobby.


Benaroya Hall
3rd Avenue, between Union St & University St
Seattle, WA 98101

About the Artwork

Skytones is a lighting artwork located in the five niches along the upper level of The Boeing Arcade at Benaroya Hall. These niches have three-foot-radius corners amplifying the illusion of depth and space. The niches are lit by concealed horizontal lines of fluorescent lights, programmed through a dimming panel, to reference a dissolving twilight. The niches connect horizontally, each on its own dimmer, so the effect not only changes from top to bottom, but from south to north across the length of the arcade.

From the Artist

"SkyTones╩╝s modulation of color and light affect the atmospheric quality of the entire Boeing Arcade. As the west view of the sky is hidden by the building, this horizontal band of subtle, dissolving light will create the illusion of seeing a sky through the building. The lights are programmed in three different sequences, which run during concerts. When the house lights are off, the arcade is illuminated only by the niches; and when people leave the concert and drive past Benaroya Hall, they will see the memory of the place they have just experienced."

Funding Source


Funded by Seattle Symphony 1% for Art and Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds.

Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle

Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For 40 years, our public art program has been integrating artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity.

Directions to the NEXT STOP

Exit Benaroya Hall the same way you entered. Turn right and walk to University Street. Cross University Street and you will find Hickory Dickory Dock - Pendulum Clock.