’17seattleLIVE: Day 3

Capitol Hill light rail station, part of the recent expansion of the line.

Seattle is not a brand new city, but an upwardly mobile one. Its industries are new and hip, and it shows those signs in downtown and places like Capitol Hill of a new wealth. The parts of the city I saw were full of small modern, restaurants and businesses, where young people, especially professionals, would generate to. New cities have interesting and fun things, generally with the vision that these will move on to even newer, better and more useful things in the future.  But like other places like Washington and Orlando, there is a small army of homeless lurking in the shadows. These are victims of the new economy, over the past 30+ years. Unlike some other cities, people are both aware of this and compassionate.

We start our morning at Volunteer Park, our restaurant once a neighborhood storefront.

We had come to see the Asian Art Museum, but it was closed for renovation.

Charles Gould was the architect for what was then, the Seattle Museum of Fine Arts. Today it was closed and waiting for a new reopening in 2019. It is now know as the Asian Art Museum, and looked to me reminiscent of the de Young in San Francisco, or the Moderne in Paris. It sits in Volunteer Park, a lovely set of walkways and lush green areas, bordered by old school mansions in one area and a cemetery that features Bruce and Brandon Lee. Gould also had a hand in the park.

Black Sun is a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, Space Needle in background.

      Volunteer Park is in dedication of the Volunteer army of the Spanish American War. Marker and old water tower from 1906.

The main collection is mostly minor masters set floor to ceiling much like the old Salons. Copyist painting is going on by artists on the floor of the gallery.

The Frye Museum is small, but a good size exhibit area. They had a show on Alexander Archipenko.  Internationally known, Archipenko was interesting for his sculptures of female forms back in the 20s. There is another small one of pen drawings by local Jim Woodring called The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept, What seemed like a gimmick in the right person’s hands actually became some lovely drawings.

The giant pen and Jim Woodring’s The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept

The large library downtown, almost futuristic.

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