Pike Place Market–Steinbrueck Park Public Art Tour
About the Tour
A Seattle Public Art Tour
This tour will guide you through eight different art pieces, beginning at the south end of Pike Place Market and ending at the north end in Victor Steinbrueck Park. The total walking time varies depending on how engaged you become with everything that's available to see, hear, smell, and taste in the Market and the Park, but on average, it will take you about 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Pike Place Market
In 1964, the Market was targeted to be torn down. Instead, in 1971, after hard-fought political battles, a "Save the Market" initiative was overwhelmingly passed by a vote of the people. Its 7 acres are now designated a Historic District. It is also one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the U.S.
On a bluff overlooking Elliott Bay, Pike Place Market has century old buildings and an old-world style of business. It sells farm produce, flowers, and artisan crafts from drafty tables in its arcades above six levels of shops. Its three blocks include street musicians, cafes, clothing shops, hotels and housing, book stores, fish and meat markets, and public art. Included in the rush of shoppers and visitors is the Market Foundation providing advocacy and fundraising for four non-profit agencies located in the market: food bank, medical clinic, day care and senior center. This Historic District is managed by the Pike Place Market Public Development Authority, a public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle.
Market Public Art
For over a century, the Market has inspired artists who left a permanent collection of "public art" in its streets, alleys and byways. Often ignored or forgotten, this trove of murals, paintings, signs, and sculpture had no curator or care for decades. In 2013, the Friends of the Market, celebrating its 50th year of market advocacy, preservation and public education, identified, and inventoried 33 Market artworks. In addition to cataloging public art, Friends of the Market underwrote the cost to repair and restore historic High Stall vegetable produce signs to help preserve a part of the market's history and culture.
Victor Steinbrueck Park
The Park is located at the north end of Pike Place Market, on the corners of Western and Virginia. The park was designed by landscape architect Richard Haag and architect Victor Steinbrueck.
On March 11, 1984, two Western Red Cedar 50-ft totem poles were installed to complete the park's design and construction.
In 1985, it was renamed in honor of Victor Steinbrueck because of his life-long contributions to Seattle and to the preservation of Pike Place Market. Without his unwavering commitment and leadership, Pike Place Market would not be here today.