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

May 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park stands tall on a sunny day

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Sketched May 13, 2014

Did you get out and enjoy the sun this week? With temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it felt just like summer. Sitting by Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” at Olympic Sculpture Park, I saw people reading books, walking their dogs and taking in the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains.

The park feels so right in this location, it’s hard to believe it didn’t exist when I moved here eight years ago. It opened in 2007 on the former site of a fuel-storage facility that took years to clean up.

What brought me here this week, besides the gorgeous weather, was the installation of a striking new work of art: “Echo,” a sculpture by fellow Barcelona-born artist Jaume Plensa.

The giant fiberglass head is named after a nymph from Greek mythology who was deprived of speech except for repeating the last words spoken to her. As she faces the Olympic Mountains, Echo should help us reiterate an important message to the weather gods who inhabit Puget Sound: Keep those sunny days coming!

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