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.

Concept image and work in progress Eastside St sculpture

Eastside St. Art Crossing

Northwest wood carver and artist Andrea Wilbur-Sigo has been selected as project artist for the Eastside St. Art Crossing. Ms. Wilbur-Sigo is an active member of the Squaxin Island Tribe, and her work reflects her heritage and a robust artistic community.

The Eastside St Art Crossing will feature two, 10 foot tall cedar carvings, titled "Unity". They are reflective of the house posts of the Salish dwellings that once covered all the shores of the Salish Sea. Representing the Tree People and the People of the Water, the sculptures tell the story of community made stronger by standing together. These house posts will stand 10’ tall x 32” wide x 10” thick, carved in old growth red cedar in a dimensional form that will include adzing which is only achieved thru using the same D-adze that has been used since the beginning of time.

Three photos of face sculpture taking shape. Circular slab, rough cut outline, more detailed carving

Artist working on carving

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

West Bay Art Crossing

Guardians: Fighter and Watcher, was dedicated in 2021. 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 are 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 site is the first completed of the eight Art Crossing locations.

Artist working on piece for West Bay art crossing 

Artist working on piece for West Bay art crossing

Questions?

Contact Stephanie Johnson, at 360.709.2678 or sjohnso1@ci.olympia.wa.us