Union Street


Timeline showing that the Union Street project is currently in design development People sitting on large boulders


Waterfront Seattle will improve key east-west streets to strengthen connections between downtown and the waterfront. Each of these east-west streets has a unique character, connecting different neighborhoods and opening them up to the new waterfront.

As part of these efforts, we will construct a new staircase, elevator and elevated walkway on Union Street connecting Western Avenue and Alaskan Way. The new connection will be accessible, comfortable and welcoming. The work will also feature public art from local artist Norie Sato.


Norie Sato was chosen to collaborate with the project design team to create an original artwork on the rebuilt east-west Union Street between First Avenue and Alaskan Way. This piece is not the artist’s first installation in this area: 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.