Fountain of Seseragi, 2000

Fountain of Seseragi, 2000

"Seseragi" is a Japanese word for the sound of rushing water in a shallow stream, such as in this fountain by Gerard Tsutakawa.


North of the International Fountain
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street
Seattle, Washington 98109, USA


About the Artwork

The dark metal of Fountain of Seseragi curves gently upward from its trapezoidal base, forming two symmetrical arms with scalloped edges. Inside each arm, water cascades down a series of tiered ledges and creates two gently cascading falls that meet in the center of a calmly rippling pool. Tsutakawa employed the symmetry and repetition of the fountain's elements to create a sense of balance and stability. With the burbling of the falling water, the fountain promotes reflection and tranquility.


Gift to the city of Seattle by anonymous donor.

Photo Credits

Photos by Spike Mafford Photography

From the Artist

"Many of my abstract designs come from inspirations in nature such as mountains, landscapes and creatures. My interpretations are not literal or representational. I see the patterns and rhythms of the visual world and enjoy letting the viewer create their own interpretations of how they see my works. I also enjoy thematically incorporating celestial phenomena, the human spirit, and subtle humor into my sculptures."