Situated just 160 km south of the Canadian-US border on the north coast of Washington state Seattle is a thriving metropolis due to its important role as a major trading link to Asia & boasts the third largest container port in the US. A modern city with relaxed atmosphere.
After spending some time in the Seattle Center park around the base of the Space Needle it was time to go up and enjoy the view from this 605 ft (184 m) tower built in 1962 for the World Trade Fair. On a clear day you can get a tremendous view of Mount Rainier just 54 miles (87 km) south-southeast of Seattle. Unfortunately due to a quite thick layer of haze I didn’t have the luck needed to experience that but nonetheless the view over the city and its port are well worth the visit. After leaving the Space Needle I made my way up to Kerry Park, a residential area up on a hill overlooking the town presenting one with a splendid view of the Space Needle and if you are lucky of Mount Rainier in the background by sunset. Well, I didn’t get Mount Rainier in but the sunset wasn’t too bad I think.
END OF THE DAY
I was a little unlucky with a perfect sunset as not many clouds were available today but as the evening drew in & lights gradually started to pop on here & there not all was lost.
Seattle is an ever growing modern city with wide, long streets taking toll on the feet. The modern skyscrapers are in my opinion best viewed from the Space Needle while on ground level this area is sterile and with little interest unless you need a bank or insurance company.
Looking southwards from the Space Needle observation deck Seattle’s Industrial District spanned by the West Seattle Bridge over the Duwamish Waterway to West Seattle becomes visible.
I was a little short for time but I just had to make it up to Kerry Park in the northerly district of Queen Anne as from here is one of the best views of Seattle’s skyline to be enjoyed.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
― Chief Seattle, Dkhw’Duw’Absh Indian chief
What is an abstract piece of architecture without some abstract art? This piece interested me due to its complimentary colour to the sky and its rusty appearance. Whether this was wanted or is due to Seattle’s bad weather I am not sure.
SHEET METAL OUTSIDE, HEAVY METAL INSIDE
“Blob” or “The Hemorrhoids” are just a few names that the visual encounter with the EMP have been brought to mind. The structure is fascinating but wouldn’t win any prizes for its beauty that’s for sure.
The facade of the EMP consists of many reflective and colourful materials making for unusual shots like this one. The building has many critics and has been dubbed by some in the top 19 ugliest buildings in the world. I wouldn’t go that far but I do think Frank Gehry has built better structures in his career.
The observation platform of the Space Needle floats above the trees like an UFO in the sky. From the platform at 160 m you have a great panorama of the city including: The Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and the surrounding islands not forget downtown Seattle itself.
EMP (EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT) MUSEUM
The EMP was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000 & designed by star Architect Frank O. Gehry. Exhibits that cover pop culture, from the art of fantasy, horror cinema, and video games to science fiction literature and costumes from screen and stage are to be found here.
THE SPACE NEEDLE
Built as an observation tower for the 1962 World’s Fair the Space Needle with its 184 m has become an icon of the Seattle skyline.