Driver damages parking-strip sculpture in Seaview

One of the well-known planting-strip sculptures outside a house just west of West Seattle Nursery was knocked down in a crash this morning. Thanks to Kersti Muul for the photo above; she says another vehicle, a white cargo van, appeared to also have ben involved in the crash at 44th/Brandon. An anonymous texter sent the view below after the crash scene was cleared.

The planting strip and adjacent house have been known for sculptures like these for more than a decade.

47 Replies to "Driver damages parking-strip sculpture in Seaview"

  • oakley34 January 29, 2020 (5:03 pm)

    Such a shame.  

    • uncletorvald January 29, 2020 (6:32 pm)

      Possibly and act of god? For one reason or another?

      • Tondog January 30, 2020 (12:31 am)

        With out a doubt! 

        • Jay January 30, 2020 (10:49 am)

          Seriously?! Grow up! It was an accident. 

  • Peter January 29, 2020 (6:03 pm)

    Good. It was pretty creepy. At least they’d taken the chain off the woman that used to be there. 

  • Meyer January 29, 2020 (6:15 pm)

    Well that sucks. The sculptures were cool and definitely added some character to the neighborhood.

  • Bummer despite my tastes January 29, 2020 (7:05 pm)

    While I personally don’t care for the chained female imagery of that art display, I believe art is important. Thus, sad and a real bummer! Hope humans are fine and art in the community continues to thrive, even if it is not my taste 

    • WSB January 29, 2020 (7:38 pm)

      I heard back from SFD (adding) – a 16-year-old girl was treated at the scene, not seriously hurt.

      • Also John January 29, 2020 (8:21 pm)

        16 years old.  Someone’s insurance is going to skyrocket.  

        • uncontrolled intersection January 30, 2020 (1:47 pm)

          That seems like a real frightening accident for a new driver.  Hope they are ok.Some additional info from another website indicated that the van was headed eastbound and the car was headed northbound.(based on the t-bone damage on the car, and that ^^ info, maybe all the traffic enforcement commenters on WSB can determine  whose insurance should actually suffer)

  • Yma January 29, 2020 (7:12 pm)

    It’s not SeaViewI’ve never been a fan of this house, but I am sorry for the loss

    • chemist January 29, 2020 (8:43 pm)

      Was there a slipped capital letter in there, because that house is certainly part of Seaview (although neighborhood maps are kind of unofficial, Sea View Park plats extend to the East of California Avenue by 4 blocks).  In modern understanding, it’s generally considered Fairmount Park by the time you get East of California Ave.  Seaview, we’re here…. even if our tag is used rarely in the west seattle blog.

    • RayWest January 30, 2020 (5:20 pm)

      Curiously, this house used to be on the west side of California Ave. between Findlay and Brandon, making it part of the Fairmount Park area. It was moved over 20 years ago.

  • Helpermonkey January 29, 2020 (7:55 pm)

    Oh no! Terrible this happened, whether you like the art or not, it’s still art. The owner of the home must be devastated. I hope it can be salvaged in some form, at least. 

  • Rumbles January 29, 2020 (7:55 pm)

    Looks like the wood is rotten from the photo, wonder if that is what made it fall.  

    • mark47n January 30, 2020 (4:44 am)

      Well, that and a car hitting it.    

      • heartless January 30, 2020 (11:23 am)

        That made me laugh, Mark.  Very funny.

  • Kersti Muul January 29, 2020 (8:10 pm)

    Four teenagers in car on way to school, older man in van. Everybody OK.Sculptures are rotten, that’s the reason it fell the way it did onto their car.

  • Also John January 29, 2020 (8:19 pm)

    Bummer…..I really likes the homes sculptures.  Every time I visit the nursery I do the short walk to see if there’s any new sculptures.Hopefully it can be saved.

  • Elle Nell January 29, 2020 (8:27 pm)

    Unbelievable… Something shall rise from this ✨

  • Unknown January 29, 2020 (8:55 pm)

    I live a block away. Not really upset over this. Sorry, not sorry.

    • Andros January 30, 2020 (7:18 am)

      Schadenfreude

  • A-Red January 29, 2020 (9:18 pm)

    I always wondered why the dragon was circumcised. 

  • LOL January 29, 2020 (9:22 pm)

    Haaaaa! I very much dislike those nasty sculptures.

  • KBear January 29, 2020 (10:00 pm)

    Glad to see some neighbors  recognize the value of art, even if it’s not to their own personal taste. Sorry that other neighbors can’t mind their own business. 

  • Tondog January 30, 2020 (12:42 am)

    It was Blasphemy…. public property it was on. NOT PRIVATE PROPERTY.  Do you really want your children staring at itwhen you’re out walking that street? Really thought??  

    • Jay January 30, 2020 (5:58 am)

      One of my finest performances as a father was explaining to my seven year old why an adult man would feel compelled to carve 24″ of human genitalia on a sculpture of a dragon and present it to the world.

      • mark47n January 30, 2020 (7:24 am)

        Well, your interpretation of it, anyway.It always fascinates me when people cheer for one person to have their private and irreplaceable property destroyed, because they don’t like it, but cry foul when it happens to others.As to the woman being chained. I always interpreted that piece as a pretty literal interpretation of women being shackled by our culture and social mores.

        • K. Davis January 30, 2020 (7:25 pm)

          It was a porn fantasy.  Cool with me if you call it “art” … but it’s just 3D porn.  

    • brian January 30, 2020 (6:56 am)

      Heck yes I want my kids staring at that when we’re walking down the street. We often go out of our way to go look at the well hung dragon art and talk about how the artist made it and what he was trying to communicate.Try to be more interesting or something. Your life sounds lame as hell.    

      • momosmom January 30, 2020 (9:32 am)

        Exactly!Art is in the eye of the beholder and all male species have testicles and a penis and female have breasts  if it weren’t for them none of us would be here. Don’t make your children “afraid” of them but also explain to them that some people find this sort of art wonderful and there’s nothing to be ashamed of it.   

    • heartless January 30, 2020 (11:25 am)

      Uh, yeah, why the hell wouldn’t I want my kid to look at it?  

      • nonni February 1, 2020 (12:11 pm)

        Next time maybe you can point out the masturbating Chimney Fairy

    • Seaweed January 30, 2020 (12:33 pm)

      muggles…

  • ArborHeightsRes January 30, 2020 (6:28 am)

    On a side note, does anyone know why that house has “No Parking” signs stretching from the alley behind the nursery down to 44th? It seems really odd that a house would be given a no parking zone.

    • WSB January 30, 2020 (8:59 am)

      It’s a corner house and you’re not supposed to park within 30 feet of a corner. alleys, etc., which (I checked Street View to be sure I’m remembering this correctly) apply here.

      • chemist January 30, 2020 (5:06 pm)

        The parking restriction for an uncontrolled intersection like Brandon/44th is 20 ft from the (unmarked) crosswalks.  30 ft is for an intersection/corner with traffic control devices.  There is no RCW parking setback for alleys.  The north half of that block between 44th and California shows up in the Seattle Parking Map as having official no parking signs.  Maybe the nursery has enough large trailer alley traffic they got some unusual restrictions there.   https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SDOT/ParkingProgram/CanIParkHereBrochure.pdf

  • Rumbles January 30, 2020 (10:21 am)

    In looking at the photo again, it seems like the dragon may have prevented the fire hydrant from getting chopped off.  So, there is something from the glass is half full department.  

    • Oliviahurling January 30, 2020 (12:06 pm)

      It would seem the dragon sacrificed his own fireplug for that of the city. 

      • SeaVieu January 30, 2020 (4:39 pm)

        Hahaha touché.

    • YouDontGnomeMe January 30, 2020 (12:37 pm)

      Well, the hydrants are easy enough to replace and designed to break off for these types wrecks. The sculpture, however, isn’t as easy of a fix.  

  • Mj January 30, 2020 (2:27 pm)

    Wow I have not seen the sculptures reduced by one.  I need to incorporate a visit one of these days via bike or walking.

  • AJP January 30, 2020 (5:07 pm)

    If the wood is rotten then the sculptures need to be taken down and displayed in a way that doesn’t make them a hazard to people walking down the streets. 

    • heartless January 30, 2020 (5:59 pm)

      A car jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and you’re worried about wooden sculptures?  I think your hazard radar is a bit out of whack.

    • Rumbles January 30, 2020 (6:12 pm)

      A very good point, especially since it’s on a public right of way.  Someone could get hurt!

  • anonyme January 31, 2020 (7:00 am)

    As all of the sculptures/trees are still attached to the ground, they will continue to rot and present a danger of falling.  Even apparently dead trees continue to draw moisture from the ground.  If the creator wants to save them, the sculptures need to be removed from the bases, treated for rot, and remounted on something other than decaying stumps.  Failure to do so could result in very serious injury – and a huge lawsuit.

    • Jay January 31, 2020 (8:03 pm)

      That could be the plan for all the alcoves in the retaining wall.

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