Public Art

Public Art Programs


City of Edmonds Public Art Collection

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Established in 1976, the City's One Percent for Art ordinance was created for the acquisition of artworks. Funding is also provided through private donation, gifts and partnerships. The City of Edmonds Arts Commission oversees the acquisition, maintenance and display of Public Art for the City. The collection includes over 150 works: 30 installations are permanently sited in various locations throughout the city, and over 100 two- and three-dimensional portable works, including selections from the City's Sister City Hekinan Japan collection, are located within several City buildings. 

Flower Basket Art Poles

Egg BabcockA special program of unique sculptural artworks on the top of flower basket poles in the downtown core creates a year-round “outdoor gallery.” The Flower Basket Art Pole gift/donation program provides an opportunity to honor someone or commemorate an organization with a plaque placed on the side of each unique art-enhanced flower pole. For information about the program, pdfdownload the brochure, or call the arts office at 425-771-0228.

On the Fence Temporary Installations

Morisawa shadow smallThis program is an opportunity for regional artists to create temporary outdoor art installations on three City-owned fences: Frances Anderson Center Playfield on Main St; Civic Park on 6th Ave N; 2nd Ave N & Dayton St, next to the ArtWorks parking lot. For information about the program, go to the Opportunities page.

Stages of History Artist Plaques 

Motorcourt plaqueTwelve interpretive artwork plaques provide historical information for points of interest along 4th Ave N "Cultural Corridor" and Main St. Take the self-guided walking tour:

Public Art Map


Take a tour of the various outdoor art installations -- both privately commissioned artworks and public art funded projects -- located throughout the City of Edmonds. Click on the image to go to the online map and directory.

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Recent Public Art Projects

Sea Rise Run
Sea Rise RunThe iconic Edmonds Breakwater Run fish sculptures next to the Olympic Beach fishing pier have a new neighbor: Sea Rise Run. The artist, renowned public artist Buster Simpson, installed a second set of fish in May of 2018. Although constructed from similar materials, including aircraft grade aluminum, army surplus forks, and paint impregnated with reflective glass beads, the new school of fish has a different look from Edmonds Breakwater Run. Referring to himself as an "urban fisherman" Buster Simpson describes the materials used in Sea Rise Run as all things used to make lures to catch and eat fish.

 Dayton Street Plaza "Fibonacci?"

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This small park at 2nd Ave N and Dayton St includes a seat wall and artist designed hardscape inlay designed by Edmonds artist Darlene McLellan. Within the Fibonacci-inspired swirl is the Marc Chagall quote, "Great art picks up where nature ends." The site also features a large interactive rainstick. Funding assistance for the project came from Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Hubbard Family Foundation, Friends of Edmonds In Bloom Assoc., and the Peggy Pritchard Donor Fund.

Luminous Forest

DaleytoECA2The installation of 177 solar LED lights embedded in diagonal strands in 4th Ave N, between Main St and Bell St, is by Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini. The temporary installation transforms the street into a sparkling three-block avenue at night. The points of light reference the old growth forest prior to the town’s founding and establishment of its logging industry. The diagonal angle of the strands alludes to the orientation of the city’s street grid, from its original layout that ran parallel the waterfront to current streets built on the standard North/South-East/West grid. The project is funded by the Edmonds Arts Commission in partnership with the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation. Luminous Forest is a temporary installation remaining until the street is repaved as part of future Cultural Corridor plans.