(UPDATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT with more photos – scroll down)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 3:33 PM: That photo is from the last item in acting Seattle Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams‘ scheduled briefing at tomorrow morning’s Seattle City Council Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting. It’s a sculpture that was privately funded but now stands on Parks-owned land in West Seattle, accessible and visible only from the water. It’s called “Illusion Dweller” and is a stainless-steel work by Gerry Tsutakawa (whose website shows a better view – choose “commissions”). Late last year, Williams’ briefing explains, it was dedicated on the shoreline of the Arroyos Green Space. It was commissioned by Tina Bullitt, widow of Seattle business mogul and philanthropist Stimson Bullitt, who, Williams notes, “donated the 5.7-acre Arroyos Greenspace on which it is situated” and so far is the largest single donor to Seattle Parks and Rec in its history, having also made donations including a 1.6-acre property on Capitol Hill.
Footnote: The writeup in the superintendent’s briefing also mentions the guest list for the sculpture’s private dedication last November. We just noticed, upon a second readthrough – that guest list included the West Seattleite who is making headlines for other reasons today, Sally Jewell.
ADDED 9:31 PM: After seeing this story, Bob Weeks shared photos of the sculpture from a kayaking trip:
And here’s the inscription – a quote from Mr. Bullitt – at its base:
If you check out the artist’s website, you’ll probably recognize more than a few of the commissioned artworks – including the big mitt outside the gates of Safeco Field.