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South Park Vortex

Submitted by Horatio Law

Client: Seattle Public Utilities

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team


Horatio Law

Public Art Agent

Jason Huff

Seattle Office of Arts and Culture


Beatriz Pascual-Wallace

South Park Library


Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities


Jen Nye

South Park Arts

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James Schmidt

Art & Design Works, LLC, Fabricator

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Juno Lachman

Juno Architectural Glass


The sculpture is located on top a drainage site at the entrance of Marra-Desimone Park in the South Park Neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The dimension of the sculpture is 15’h x 12’w x 12’d. It consists of 500 laminated glass disks with sandblasted snowflake patterns, swirling into a vortex-shaped steel frame structure.


The artwork is designed to visually connecting drainage to water source. The sculpture is also a functional enclosure that replaces the original drainage cage that allows Seattle Public Utilities and Park Department workers to enter for scheduled maintenance. Both are requirements for this commissioned project with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art fund at South Park neighborhood in Seattle, WA.


This project is the result of the artist's collaboration with South Park residents--each snowflake on the sculpture is designed by a South Park resident in a series of paper snowflake cutting workshops provided by South Park Library.

Additional Information

South Park Vortex symbolizes the coming together of the South Park community to affect change. The sculpture reflects the independent spirit of South Park: dynamic, creative, proud and inclusive. Together, they represent the unique contributions of individual members in this multi-ethnic and multi-generational community.