Art Projects

Holding Hope

“Holding Hope” was an art installation on display in several locations throughout downtown Seattle. Each aluminum six-foot sculpture featured two hands holding one another in the shape of a heart, presented in a variety of eye-catching colors designed to bring a pop of vibrancy to downtown. “Holding Hope” was meant to inspire unity and community as we moved forward following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Holding Hope” statues were on site at Westlake Park, Occidental Square, McGraw Square, Freeway Park and Pike Place Market.

From December 2020 through February 2021, “Holding Hope” was also an opportunity to promote community. For every photo taken at one of these installations and posted with the hashtag #HoldingHopeSeattle, a donation was made to the Pike Place Market Foundation.

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Contact Info

General Park Info:

Michael Johnson, Director of Parks & Public Spaces


Jennifer Casillas, VP, Public Realm & Ambassador Operations

Art and Public Space Projects:

Seth Geiser, Manager, Urban Planning & Design

Park Rules

The Seattle Municipal Code prohibits:

  • Placing any structure or obstruction in the park without a permit
  • Dogs or other pets that are not leashed; person with dog must carry and use equipment for removing feces.
  • Sale of merchandise without a permit
  • Amplified sound without a permit.
  • Camping
  • Liquor (open or closed container)
  • Littering
  • Skateboarding, roller-skating
  • Illegal gambling
  • Urinating or defecating

Parks Code of Conduct (enforceable under SMC 18.12.040) prohibits:

  • Depriving others of their use or enjoyment of the park
  • No smoking
  • Unattended items
  • Creating a risk of harm to any person or property
  • Obstructing pedestrian traffic; interfering with the provision of services or the use of park property
  • Disrupting Parks and Recreation activities.
  • Abusive or harassing behavior