Fremont Peak Park, Seattle, Washington, USA, 2007
Fremont Peak Park captures the spirit of Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the self-proclaimed “center of the universe,” integrating the myth of the minotaur with cosmological events to create a unique destination where art and landscape work together to seamlessly convey metaphoric meaning through functional, natural, and sculptural means. Concrete “labyrinth walls” frame a series of garden rooms, including a phases-of-the-moon entry terrace, meadow, and solstice view terrace. A “silver thread” metal ribbon starts as a spool at the entry, winds alongside the main path, and terminates at the view terrace as a “Y” with legs pointing to the sunsets at the solstices. Round boulders and pipes embedded in the wall are in the forms of constellations related to the myth.
This project, a design team collaboration with GGLO, included numerous public meetings and workshops with park neighbors. It has won awards from the Seattle Design Commission and Americans for the Arts. The metal work was fabricated by CWDC Inc.