Public Art
Edmonds is proud to have a Public Art Collection that includes works by eminent Northwest artists permanently sited in public areas throughout the City. The collection which includes gifts, purchases, and pieces chosen in a juried public process that assures public involvement in the selection of artwork for the City. The Edmonds Arts Commission makes final recommendations regarding purchase to the Mayor and City Council.

Public Art Programs

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City of Edmonds Public Art Collection

Established in 1975, the City's One Percent for Art ordinance was created for the acquisition of artworks. Funding is also provided through private donation, gifts and partnerships. The City of Edmonds Arts Commission oversees the acquisition, maintenance and display of Public Art for the City. The collection includes 34 outdoor installations, plus 25 Flower Pole artworks, are permanently sited downtown and in various locations throughout the city. Over 100 portable two- and three-dimensional works, including selections from the City's Sister City Hekinan Japan collection, are located within several City buildings. 


Egg BabcockFlower Basket Art Poles

A special program of 25 unique sculptural artworks on the top of flower basket poles in the downtown core creates a year-round “outdoor gallery.” The Flower Basket Art Pole gift/donation program provides an opportunity to honor someone or commemorate an organization with a plaque placed on the side of each unique art-enhanced flower pole. For information about the program, pdfdownload the brochure, or call the arts office at 425-771-0228.


Morisawa shadow smallOn the Fence Temporary Installations: This program is an opportunity for regional artists to create temporary outdoor art installations on three City-owned fences: Frances Anderson Center Playfield on Main St; Civic Park on 6th Ave N; 2nd Ave N & Dayton St, next to the ArtWorks parking lot. For information about the program, go to the Opportunities page.


Motorcourt plaqueStages of History Artist Plaques: Twelve interpretive artwork plaques provide historical information for points of interest along 4th Ave N "Cultural Corridor" and Main St. Take the self-guided walking tour: edmondsstagesofhistory.com

Public Art Map

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Take a tour of the various outdoor art installations -- both privately commissioned artworks and public art funded projects -- located throughout the City of Edmonds. Click on the image to go to the online map and directory.

 

Recent Public Art Projects

Sea Rise RunSea Rise Run: The iconic Edmonds Breakwater Run fish sculptures next to the Olympic Beach fishing pier have a new neighbor: Sea Rise Run. Both creations are by renowned public artist Buster Simpson. The new installation was originally created in 1986 as Saw Back Run, then refurbished and reinstalled in Edmonds in May of 2018 as Sea Rise Run. Although constructed from similar materials, including aircraft grade aluminum, army surplus forks, and paint impregnated with reflective glass beads, the new school of fish has a different look from Edmonds Breakwater Run. The materials in Sea Rise Run are things used to make lures to catch, and to eat fish. Edmonds Breakwater Run was originally funded by the WA State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program in 1982 in partnership with the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the EAC. It was refurbished by the artist in 1994 through private donation from Evelyn Maxwell in memory of her husband Gordon Maxwell, a former Edmonds Mayor. Sea Rise Run is funded through the EAC Percent for Art Program.
Dayton Plaza 3Dayton Street Plaza Fibonacci?: This small park at 2nd Ave N and Dayton St includes a seat wall and artist designed hardscape inlay by Edmonds artist Darlene McLellan. Within the Fibonacci-inspired swirl is the Marc Chagall quote, "Great art picks up where nature ends." The site also features a large interactive rainstick. Funding assistance for the project came from Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Hubbard Family Foundation, Friends of Edmonds In Bloom Assoc., and the Peggy Pritchard Donor Fund.

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Luminous Forest: The installation of 177 solar LED lights embedded in diagonal strands in 4th Ave N, between Main St and Bell St, is by Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini. The temporary installation transforms the street into a sparkling three-block avenue at night. The points of light reference the old growth forest prior to the town’s founding and establishment of its logging industry. The diagonal angle of the strands alludes to the orientation of the city’s street grid, from its original layout parallelling the waterfront to its current streets built on the standard North/South-East/West grid. The project is funded by the EAC in partnership with the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation. Luminous Forest is a temporary installation remaining until the street is repaved as part of future Cultural Corridor plans.