Gateways Public Art

Olympia Crossings plan cover

About the Project

The Olympia Arts Commission and Olympia Planning Commission have developed a Master Plan for placing unique public art at eight major "gateways" throughout the City. This accomplishes several goals:

  • Places public art deep into Olympia’s neighborhoods
  • Contributes to a sense of community identity
  • Introduces place making elements that help to define and bring together different areas of our community

"Olympia Crossings - An Art Plan for City Gateways" is the blueprint by which to move forward on each of the identified gateways, presenting overall concepts and themes, location and cost analysis and prioritization.

MOckup of West Bay Art Crossing site with images of sculpture pieces

West Bay Art Crossing

The concept for the West Bay Art Crossing site was approved by City Council in January 2019. Developed with neighborhood participation, it consists of two sculptures, a 14 foot tall heron and a 7 foot tall salmon, that flank the road. Both will be constructed of stainless steel and tempered glass, with internal lights.

Project artists Lin McJunkin and Milo White have had their work included in the Percival Plinth Project for many years.

The West Bay Art Crossing is expected to be completed in Spring 2020.

Eastside St. Art Crossing

Artist selection schedule (subject to change)

  • Workshop for interested applicants: Thursday, April 2, 6-8 p.m., Olympia City Hall, Room 112
  • Deadline for Entry: Wednesday, April 15, Midnight
  • Jury process: Tuesday, May 5, 8-10 a.m., Zoom Meeting
  • Arts Commission review: Thursday, May 14, 6 p.m., Zoom Meeting
  • Finalist interviews: Wednesday, May 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Olympia  City Hall, Room 112
  • Arts Commission review: Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m., Olympia City Hall, Council Chambers
  • City Council approval: Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m., Olympia City Hall, Council Chambers


Contact Stephanie Johnson, at 360.709.2678 or