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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

December 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Shopping and snowflakes at Pacific Place

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Sketched Dec. 15, 4:44 p.m.

You’ve seen this penguin, haven’t you? Did you know you could buy it? It sells for “about $45,000,” said Twist‘s assistant manager Eileen Neff.
Like other pieces at the Pacific Place jewelry store, the penguin is a creation of Philadelphia-based sculptor Leo Sewell, who has a way of transforming scraps of metal and discarded junk into artfully welded elephants, cats, bulldogs, eagles and human torsos. I’m surprised a wealthy art collector or corporation hasn’t purchased this striking piece yet — it has been here since the store opened in 1999. Neff said that if somebody purchases it, they would bring a new one, so don’t feel guilty about taking away the signature sculpture if you are still doing some last minute shopping.
But if you don’t come to Pacific Place for shopping, or to sketch, like I did, there’s something else that makes a stop worthwhile this holiday season. For about twelve minutes, you can watch “magic snow” fill the atrium every day at 6 p.m. through the end of the year. It’s like stepping into a snow globe, but, unfortunately for me, not something easy to draw.

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