Mayor Murray participated in the ribbon cutting of Olympic Sculpture Park’s new acquisition ‘Echo’ today. The spectacular 46-foot sculpture faces Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and dramatically enhances the park’s waterfront space.
The Mayor thanked local art collector Barney Ebsworth for generously donating the piece to Seattle and he thanked the artist, Jaume Plensa, for creating a “remarkable work of art.”
“As we embark on a decade-long project to reimagine Seattle’s waterfront, I believe this park offers a great model for how we can connect the City to Puget Sound in a way that welcomes all and is accessible to everyone,” the Mayor said.
Plensa, a Spanish-born artist who modeled the sculpture after a young girl who lived in his neighborhood, spoke of his inspiration for Echo and his complicated relationship with water. Plensa, who’s never been comfortable swimming, has built many of his most notable pieces near or in water.
Echo is now a permanent piece in the Sculpture Park collection. You can learn more about the piece on Seattle Art Museum’s website.