A Sound Garden

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A Sound Garden
ArtistDouglas Hollis
Year1982-1983
TypeSound sculpture
MediumSteel
Dimensions6.4 m (21 ft)
LocationSeattle, WA, United States
Coordinates47°41′08″N 122°15′00″W / 47.685444°N 122.249972°W / 47.685444; -122.249972Coordinates: 47°41′08″N 122°15′00″W / 47.685444°N 122.249972°W / 47.685444; -122.249972
OwnerNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


A Sound Garden is a public art work on NOAA property adjacent to Magnuson Park in Seattle, Washington. It was created in 1982 by Doug Hollis. It is constructed with a number of metal tubes on weathervane-like apparatus that catch the wind and moan eerily.[1][2]

The Seattle grunge band Soundgarden took their name from this art work.[3][4]

Since 9/11, the facility, including the art installation, is on restricted access under threat level Yellow. Visitors may check in with the guards and walk onto the facility, but their vehicles are not allowed. Photo identification is required in order to view the Sound Garden and access to the "Art Walk".[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rachel Joy Larris (July 22, 2000). "Magnuson Park's creaky Sound Garden awaiting a tune-up". Seattle P-I. Retrieved 2007-06-20.
  2. Lotta Magnuson and Anna Wennberg, MLA-students (2002-11-07). "Landscape Architecture in the Pacific Northwest". Department of Landscape Planning, Ultuna, Sweden (student pages). Retrieved 2007-06-20.
  3. "Soundgarden: Biography". VH1. Retrieved 2007-06-21.
  4. Justin Nicholls. "Unofficial Soundgarden Homepage: Band History". Retrieved 2007-06-20.
  5. Megan Doyle (2003-08-07). "Art fenced off". Real Change News. Retrieved 2007-06-20.