Norie Sato’s artwork at the Union Street Bridge was installed in October 2022. Her artwork includes a steel sculpture - whose initial inspiration was a fern - framing the passageway, and a screen on the bridge that layers abstracted imagery of seagull wings over that of a fern.
Norie Sato was chosen to collaborate with the project design team to create original artwork on the new Union Street Pedestrian Bridge between Western Avenue and Alaskan Way. Her artwork takes its inspiration from the natural environment that manages to make its presence felt on the working waterfront. This project has a personal connection for the artist: in 1991, Sato created a temporary artwork on the waterfront that marked the location of her arrival to this country by ship. Watch Sato talk about her personal connection to the Seattle waterfront and discuss the varied influences for her work.
"One of my hopes for the Waterfront is that it creates moments of magic and wonder for people who live here, and may feel very familiar with Seattle, and yet when they come down to the Waterfront, there will be moments where they feel, 'Wow, this is a fantastic place.'"