Saturday, September 22, 2012

No. 114 Fremont Peak Park

Fremont Peak Park
4357 Palatine Ave N
Seattle, WA


Fremont Peak Park is a half-acre park on a bluff in the Fremont neighborhood just south of N. 45th Street at 4357 Palatine Ave. N.  The neighborhoods street are quite narrow and the road up to the park is fairly steep. Park on the left side of the street and make sure your tires are set to the curp and your parking break works: )
The park opened to the public on November 10, 2007 and features native plants, artifacts, integrated art projects and short walking trails that showcase the how landscape and art can work together in a public space.
The park has two main design concepts: one mythological, the other cosmological. The mythological elements stem from the idea of mapping a ritualistic path out to view. It is based on the Greek myth in which Ariande gave Theseus the end of a spool of thread that he unwound as he made his way through the labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. In this park the labyrinth is represented by concrete walls.  Ariadne’s silver thread begins as a spool at the entry, then moves into the sidewalk paving, picks up again along a path through the woods, and terminates in a Y embedded in the view terrace, with legs pointing to locations of the sunset at the winter and summer solstices. 
The cosmological aspect of the park ties into the myth, and is also a link to Fremont’s self-proclaimed identity as the “Center of the Universe."  The solstice lines at the view terrace and moon paving at the entrance reference solar and lunar cycles.  There are two locations where pipes in the patterns of constellations are embedded in walls, and the seating boulders in the view terrace are in the pattern of the constellation Corona Borealis, or Ariadne’s crown.

Corona Borealis Balls

Peak Bluff
Cosmic Rays

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