WEST SEATTLE ART: New views of pump-station installation

As the Pump Station 38 overhaul in the 1400 block of Alki Avenue SW nears completion, here are new views of the art installation. We first told you almost three years ago about the planned artwork by Sarah Thompson Moore, inspired by an old topographic map of Alki. As we showed you earlier this month, it’s now coming to life as a lithomosaic concrete installation, and Seattle Public Utilities just sent new photos.

Before the crew is done with the art installation, one of the final components of the pump-station project, they will be installing a guardrail fence which will include elements of the design. The work on the pump-station infrastructure, SPU says, will “improve service reliability, improve system performance, and reduce maintenance requirements and costs.”

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ART: New views of pump-station installation"

  • dmb May 31, 2023 (5:48 pm)

    They are called ‘skilled trades’ for a reason!  Great flatwork guys!

  • Lucy May 31, 2023 (6:00 pm)

    This is so very cool!  

  • wetone May 31, 2023 (10:24 pm)

    Art work and railing project costing six figures ?  I enjoy art but this is odd location to me for such a project. I could see a location such as boat launch area or promenade much better as it would be accessible to more with parking nearby. It will be interesting to see how it looks in a couple years.

    • WSB May 31, 2023 (10:48 pm)

      As previously reported, the art project is $50K of the project’s $1.2 million budget.

      • wetone June 1, 2023 (10:12 am)

        If you look into total cost of this art and railing project you will see cost much higher than original $50k ;) 

    • Derek June 1, 2023 (9:12 am)

      50k is pretty cheap. For a lifetime of art I am not sure why people are caring this hard about a price tag that low. 

  • Suzanne May 31, 2023 (11:46 pm)

    It’s so beautiful. I’d love to see more art projects like this. Public art for all of us to enjoy! 

  • m May 31, 2023 (11:55 pm)


  • Suzan June 1, 2023 (7:22 am)

    I look forward to enjoying this public art on my walks at Alki! 

  • April June 1, 2023 (9:27 am)

    Life is better with art. We need more of it. This looks mazing! Thankyou for putting some beauty back into this.

  • HS June 1, 2023 (11:24 am)


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