Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance in 1973. For 39 years, the public art program of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has been considered exemplary. The program integrates artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings, advancing Seattle's reputation as a cultural center for innovation and creativity. Our collection includes nearly 380 permanently sited artworks, 2,800 portable artworks and over 50 works of audio, video or film.

This showcase page features a sampling of our artworks.

Artwork Locations

Click on the map to see locations of the featured artworks.

Featured Temporary Artwork

Watch this video about a temporary sound installation at the Fremont Bridge.

Public Art Map

Download your guide to over 160 diverse, public artworks in downtown Seattle.
303 works in this collection
1092 images in this collection


Title: An Equal and Opposite Reaction
Artist: Sarah Sze
Title: Hammering Man
Artist: Jonathan Borofsky
Title: Thornton Creek
Artist: Stephen Glassman
Title: Braincast
Artist: Tony Oursler
Title: A Salish Welcome
Artist: Marvin Oliver

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Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1766
PO Box 94748, Seattle, Washington, 98124 | 206-684-7171 |

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