The Quirks of Seattle

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Seattle is a cool city. It’s as simple as that. If you’re at all arty, musical or a bit different, you’ll fit right in. When you scratch just under the surface, though, you realise that this creative and chilled out culture is by no means an accident. Local businesses, both big and small, and residents work hard to ensure that Seattle maintains its quirks. This city is proud to be different, and that’s why I like it.

One thing you’ll notice as you travel around Seattle is the massive amount of artwork everywhere. And I mean everywhere. It’s outside offices, in parks, on the sides of buildings. Styles and mediums differ greatly, too. It looks like no-one puts much thought into what goes where, although again I have a sneaky suspicion that this is purposely planned. The reason for the huge numbers of work becomes clear when you learn that, within Seattle, it’s compulsory for all businesses to use a percentage of their profits to support artists. It makes for an eclectic mish mash of pieces, but in Seattle that works fine.

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Travel theme: Sculpture

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Sculpture. Click here to see more entries.

I quite often take photos of interesting bits of sculpture I come across when I’m travelling, so this challenge was quite easy for me. Here are a few of my favourites.


The Hyena is probably my favourite grotesque on the Cardiff Animal Wall.


This sculpture stands on the harbour in Boulogne-sur-mer, France. I like the symbolism of unity between France and the UK, although the scale makes it look like either the UK is very big or France is very small!


There is lots of culture down the Bay in Cardiff, including this piece which depicts Captain Scott of the Antarctic which stands dramatically in front of the Norweigan Church.


And finally, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. This tribute to Roald Dahl’s book stands in my local park, and I thought I’d include it because we’re all kids at heart.