I should not have waited until the middle of Feb. to write of our January time in the Pacific Northwest. SNOWMAGEDDON happened and it seems to have erased much of my memory, more on SNOWMAGEDDON in the next post. Thank goodness for the pictures to go by I can rebuild my memory. I do know that January was the warmest on record with plenty of sun breaks between the constant fronts passing through. We often walk through the Seattle Center but on this sunny January day we noticed this whale tail fountain for the first time.
Fountain of Seseragi
Intiman Playhouse facing the International Fountain
"Seseragi" is a Japanese word meaning the sound of rushing water in a shallow stream, a term aptly applied to the water running through the narrow bronze basin of the Fountain of Seseragi by Gerard Tsutakawa. The dark patinated metal of the fountain curves gently upward from its trapezoidal base forming two symmetrical arms with scalloped edges. Inside each arm, water cascades down a series of tiered ledges and creates two gently cascading falls that meet in the center of a calmly rippling pool. Tsutakawa employs the symmetry and repetition of the fountain's elements to create a sense of balance and stability. With the burbling of the falling water, the fountain promotes reflection and tranquility.
According to the artist: "Many of my abstract designs come from inspirations in nature such as mountains, landscapes and creatures. My interpretations are not literal or representational. I see the patterns and rhythms of the visual world and enjoy letting the viewer create their own interpretations of how they see my works. I also enjoy thematically incorporating celestial phenomena, the human spirit, and subtle humor into my sculptures."
Fountain of Seseragi was a gift to the city of Seattle.
|The next day was typical winter Gray but warm enough for a walk at Golden Gardens|
|And a cool duck in the pond.|
|Walking back from Lake Union and the Christmas lights still hanging in Denny Square Park.|
|Then another sunny day to take two red headed Grandkids to Ella Bay Park that has a big circular sidewalk for bikes, scooters and everything else with kid wheels.|
|A great view of the Space Needle and Downtown|
|or Elliot Bay and Mt. Rainier|
|and of the Cascades to the East|
|That same afternoon a sundown walk along the waterfront gave a cloudless picture of stunning blues, yellow and orange.|
|She has escaped her Austin parents home to live on the 10th floor right here on 5th Avenue in Greenwich Village!|