Seattle Center

Open Records
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Locking Out Homeless? Seattle Man Wants More Information From City

Outlets in the Armory, formerly the Seattle Center House, are blocked with covers and padlocks.
Paula Wissel

One Seattle man says he’s on a quest to expose why the Seattle Center blocked off use of power outlets in public spaces, and he is arguing his case before the Washington state Appeals Court today.

In September of 2012, Howard Gale noticed Seattle Center staff putting covers and padlocks on all of the electrical outlets, not long after the center had been remodeled and the outlets had been installed. 

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Alternative Energy Art
2:57 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Sonic Bloom' Showcasing Solar Power at Seattle Center

Courtesy Pacific Science Center

It looks a bit like something you might find in a book by Dr. Seuss: five huge sculpted sunflowers with striped green and orange stems.

The new installation outside Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is meant to draw in and educate the public about solar power. 

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Politics
4:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Auditor: Record-keeping at Seattle Center parking garages is lax

The state auditor says the Seattle Center hasn't done a good job of making sure people pay at three city-owned parking garages. 

The three garages took in almost $5 million in revenue last year that went into the Seattle Center budget. State auditor Troy Kelley says he doesn’t have an estimate of how much money the Center may have lost out on, but he says his team found a lot of problems with record-keeping at the garages – one on Fifth Avenue North, one on Mercer Street and one on First Avenue North. 

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Illusions
11:46 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Video update: The making of two giant arachnids at Seattle Center

One of two giant harvestmen painted on a roof at the Seattle Center, as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Earlier this month, we wrote about the creation of two huge “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center. The harvestmen, created by 3-D mural artist Marlin Peterson, cast long shadows and look pretty darn realistic (considering the widest span between leg tips is 100 feet).

Peterson has released a two-minute video showing the creation of the spiders from concept to paint:

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Illusions
12:08 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

How two 60-foot arachnids came to life on a Seattle roof

Two daddy longlegs on the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center as seen from the Space Needle.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Sure there was “ooh” and “aah” and “wow” from the top of the Space Needle on a sunny afternoon overlooking Seattle earlier this week, but then came “Oh my god!” and “What is that?” and “That’s amazing.”

The culprit?

Two 60-plus-foot “daddy longlegs” standing atop the roof of the Armory at the Seattle Center, casting long shadows and looking all the world like they could be real (if our universe allowed such things).

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Arts
1:56 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Why build a wall out of Jell-O?

Jell-O brick wall under construction at the Seattle Center grounds near the Monorail station.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Just steps away from the Monorail station at the Seattle Center, a wall is being constructed out of Jell-O.  A lightweight mortar holds the raspberry, orange and blackberry fusion "bricks" in place.   

The Jell-O brick wall is the work of sculptors Lisa Hein and Robert Seng. It was commissioned as part of the 50 year celebration of the Seattle World's Fair.

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Science
1:40 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Steven Hawking is one highlight at inaugural Seattle Science Festival

Professor Stephen Hawking shown in 2008 at George Washington University in Washington.
The Associated Press

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the Emerald City will host its first-ever Seattle Science Festival next month.

The festival has landed a major celebrity as one of it’s so-called “Luminaries.”  Steven Hawking, the British physicist known for writing about the history of the universe, will speak on June 16th, at the Paramount Theater. 

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Seattle Center
1:01 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chihuly Garden and Glass opens to the public

Dale Chihuly's new Glass House with Persian Glass framing the Seattle Space Needle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Less than two years after the idea was pitched to the public, a new Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition opens today (Monday 11am) at Seattle Center.

It’s located at the foot of the Space Needle, where the kiddy rides and arcade games of the old Fun Forest once drew crowds.

Now, people are standing on tiptoes to peer in through the fence around the outdoor displays, which beckon with flashes of color.  

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World's Fair
1:36 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Art installations part of World's Fair celebration

Mandy Greer's crocheted river is above the fountain in the Alki Courtyard.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Dozens of works of art and performance art pieces have been commissioned for the months-long celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of  the 1962 World's Fair.

Wander around the Seattle Center campus and you're likely to encounter one of the temporary art installations. 

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Arts
9:20 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

'Next 50' is meant to remind you to check-out Seattle Center

In anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the Space Needle’s opening at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair this Saturday, the Space Needle has been painted back to its original “Galaxy Gold” color.
The Associated Press

Fifty years ago this weekend Seattle kicked off it’s biggest event ever -- the Century-21 World Exposition. Now, city leaders are hoping the public will come check-out what the fairgrounds have become, the city's arts campus. 

Seattle Center now attracts more visitors per year than the World’s Fair did during its six-month run. That’s partly thanks to some major events, such as Bumbershoot and the Folklife Festival, as well as concerts in Key Arena.

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arts management
4:34 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Seattle's famed Intiman Theatre faces final fundraising deadline

Andrew Russel, artistic director for the Intiman Theatre, from the video announcing the group's final efforts to raise funds for a 2012 season.

How is an award-winning but bankrupt theater any different than say…Enron? Or a wayward lover? Or a drug addict?

Those are the kind of questions that have been on the minds of some long-time subscribers to Seattle’s Intiman Theatre.

Its board of directors is deciding whether to stay open or call it quits. They say they’ll re-launch if they’ve met a million-dollar fundraising goal before their meeting tonight (Monday, at 4 pm.)

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Tourism and poverty
3:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center

During the tour of the Gates Foundation's new visitor center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you’ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside – your time has come.

The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.

Read more at KPLU's Humanosphere.

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Public Spaces
3:30 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Update: Chihuly, city break ground for exhibition at Seattle Center

Dale Chihuly mans a shovel at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new exhibition of his artwork at the Seattle Center. Next to Chihuly is Billy O'Neill, VP of operations of Chihuly studios.
Robin Cedar KPLU

What was once a Fun Forest will soon be “ Chihuly Garden and Glass.”

Artist Dale Chihuly officially broke ground today on a 1.5 acre exhibition space in the Seattle Center. The gallery will include a garden, bookstore and café. It’s set to open in the spring of 2012. Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair.

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seattle center neighborhood
6:01 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Gates' "conspicuous" new building

Melinda Gates speaks at the opening reception of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.The foundation formally opened the new headquarters Thursday evening.
Elaine Thompson AP

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to make its work more conspicuous.  That’s one explanation the billionaire couple gave for its new campus during a grand-opening event Thursday night.

About a thousand people packed into the campus' new grand atrium, which has a wall of glass four stories tall. 

Bill Gates spoke briefly, thanking his parents for setting an example of civic volunteerism. He quickly turned the microphone to his wife, saying, "The person who really had responsibility was Melinda, and let me thank her as I invite her to the stage."

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seattle center
3:08 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Gates family, employees celebrate opening of new campus

The Gates Foundation's new headquarters in Seattle is meant to look "bold."
Tom Paulson KPLU-Humanosphere

More than a thousand workers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have moved into their new campus across the street from Seattle Center. Celebrations are planned tonight (Thursday) and this weekend. Foundation leaders say they want to be more visible to the public.

(A public open-house is this Saturday, from 10am-4pm. Advance registration is required, here.)

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