Seattle Business District Public Art Tour
About the Tour
This tour will guide you through five different art pieces, beginning at Hammering Man at the southwest corner of Seattle Art Museum and ending with a series of plush installations inside Seattle Central Library. The total walking time varies, but on average, it will take you about 45 minutes. Please note there is a fairly significant elevation gain between 1st Avenue (Seattle Art Museum) and 4th Avenue (Seattle Central Library). Enjoy!
About the Area
The Central Business District
Seattle’s Central Business District isn’t just for business – you can also find some of Seattle’s most iconic civic landmarks in this area, including the Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall, and the Seattle Central Library. Mixed in among these civic structures is a series of notable public art works.
Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum was originally built in 1991 with the main facade designed by Robert Venturi; the museum expanded in 2007 to take over the entire city block.
Benaroya Hall is the home of the Seattle Symphony, and features two auditoria, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, a 2500-seat performance venue, as well as the Nordstrom Recital Hall, which seats roughly 500. Opened in September 1998, Benaroya quickly became noted for its technology-infused acoustics.
Seattle Central Library
Seattle Public Library's Central Library is the flagship library of The Seattle Public Library system. The 11-story (185 feet or 56 meters high) glass and steel building, designed by noted architect Rem Koolhaas, opened in 2004.