Kerry Park (Seattle)
Kerry Park is a 1.26 acres (0.51 ha) park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington, located at the corner of 2nd Avenue W. and W. Highland Drive. According to a plaque on a wall in the park, "Kerry Park [was] given to the City in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry, Sr., so that all who stop here may enjoy this view." That view encompasses downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, the West Seattle peninsula, Bainbridge Island, and Mount Rainier.
The park is sometimes incorrectly referred to by local denizens as Highland Park, a reference to Highland Drive, a highly scenic boulevard that borders the north side of the park.
Changing Form, a steel sculpture by artist Doris Totten Chase and given by Mr. and Mrs. Kerry's 3 children, stands 4.6 meters (15 ft) high in the middle of the park. Since installation in 1971, the sculpture has been popular among photographers using it to frame the Seattle skyline or Mt Rainier, and children crawling around its smooth, black curves.
In addition, Kerry Park is featured on the cover of the album Words Run As Thick As Blood by Seattle hardcore band Brotherhood. It is not uncommon for people in the hardcore scene to recreate this picture.
Views from Kerry Park
- Kerry Park (Franklin Place). Seattle Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
- Rahner, Mark. "Doris Chase, celebrated artist, divided career between Seattle and New York". The Seattle Times. 27 December 2008.
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