Have you ever wondered what the story is behind that big black sculpture in Volunteer Park? The Black Sun sculpture, (not to be confused with the Changing Form steel sculpture in Kerry Park) has often been the centerpiece for iconic Seattle photography, as the view from the sculpture overlooks the Space Needle, the Olympics, Elliott Bay and beyond. It’s inspired generations of onlookers, including Seattle’s own Sound Garden, (remember Black Hole Sun, won’t you come, won’t you come?). But did you know it’s been displayed in the neighborhood since 1969? Internationally renowned artist Isamu Noguchi had a vision to create a fluid and timelessly constructed piece that would appear to move as the sun does, creating a steadfast relationship between the actual sun, and the artwork itself.
Courtesy of the City of Seattle Archives, Installation circa 1969
Black Sun was a gift donated to the City of Seattle from the Seattle Foundation, with funding support from National Endowment for the Arts. Noguchi etched the stone to capture the organic forms found in nature, and the sculpture is made out of Brazilian granite form materials, measuring 9ft in diameter. Installation took place in 1969, and has been drawing crowds of tourists and locals alike ever since. If you haven’t been to the park in a while, take advantage of this beautiful weather and snap a shot of the skyline through the hole of the sculpture, or put your headphones in and zone out with Chris Cornell.
There’s a rumor floating around that the reincarnation of the Canterbury Ale House will at long last be opening tomorrow (check their Facebook page for the official word), but in the meantime check out these photos we took at last night’s soft opening. Although the space retains its medieval influence with the inclusion of lots of wood and metalwork; murals featuring dueling knights; and a stained glass window depicting a sword and shield, it bears little resemblance (in a good way, we think) to Ye Canterbury of Olde.
The medieval theme continues with decorative murals.
Ceilings have been raised creating a much more open feel.
A stained glass window
Another view of the bar area and very medieval-looking chandelier.
Your homes aren’t the only places that need spring cleaning, and this Sunday, June 7 you can help get the sidewalks and green spaces of Capitol Hill in tip-top shape for the year ahead by joining the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce in its annual Clean Sweep event.
The event, which started as an effort by a few neighbors to clean up Broadway, has grown into an effort that now boasts more than 400 volunteers and has been able to spruce up 23 blocks of Capitol Hill. All ages are invited to come and help out, and in addition to providing much-needed deep cleaning in the neighborhood, the event also provides residents and business owners a chance to connect and work together for a common cause. All cleaning supplies will be provided, as well as breakfast from Starbucks, lunch from local Capitol Hill restaurants, and a t-shirt for each volunteer. Meet at the Cal Anderson Park shelterhouse at 10:00 a.m. to get your breakfast and begin cleaning! Register for the event here.
A new feature of the event this year is the Shred-it! e-waste recycling drop off and paper shredding station in the Richard Hugo House parking lot, where people can bring up to 10 bags of paper for shredding and up to 10 electronic devices (TV’s, CPU’s, computer monitors, laptops, cell phones) to be safely recycled for free. The Shred-it! event is being held by 1st Security Bank and you can find a full list of what can and can’t be recycled on their website.
This lovely 4 bed, 2.25 bath North Capitol Hill Craftsman home is now available! Features of the home include beamed ceilings, oak flooring, wainscot paneling, large windows, cheerful garden, covered porch and an upper deck. The home is located in close proximity to shops, restaurants, Volunteer Park, schools and also a short distance to the University of Washington, downtown Seattle and freeway access. The home is currently leased through February 2015, if you are interested in this or other Capitol Hill neighborhood homes, contact your local real estate agent today!