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Seattle’s moving waves…

Image by Seattle P-I photographer Meryl Schenker |

Waves of art installed 16 years ago under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, are washing away…to storage. On August 30 of 2002, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran the story, ‘Wave Rave Cave’ is artwork by day, club-scape by night, with a photo of carpenter Michael Graham working on the installation.


With the near future Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) closure and demolition, the sculptures, at the corner of Western Ave and Bell St, are relocating for safe keeping.


Wave goodbye Friday night, September 7, for the last expected light-up of this tide

Wave Rave Cave by Dan Corson | Photo courtesy of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Wave Rave Cave by Dan Corson | Photo courtesy of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture


Travel to new temporary home. 

Wave sculptures storage destination | Image by Google Maps

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture notes, a new site for the artwork has yet to be determined–so it’s safe storage for now.

What you can expect:

To preserve the waves creation, crews will carefully remove the pieces, then drive them to the City’s Nickerson Place North storage area, near the Fremont Cut. Look for traffic control (TC) signs and a flagger along W Nickerson St, near 13th Ave W, and intermittent traffic slowdowns with deliveries.


For the relocation, the Bridges and Roadway Structures team needs room to maneuver a forklift to a loading truck and trailer, impacting sidewalks at both pick-up and delivery and the bike lane along WesternBe ready to make way for art, as it heads north in several waves (pun intended)!


Saturday, September 8 | 7 AM – 3 PM

Closures | 

  • Bike lane on Western Ave, at Bell St: intermittent; hour-long.
  • East Sidewalk on Western Ave, under AWV SB: intermittent; hour-long.
    – Signs will direct people to a marked crosswalk on Western Ave.
    – A side walk spotter will guide passersby to a safe distance from the work.
  • No parking on Western Ave, between Battery and Bell streets.
  • No parking on Bell St, at Western Ave (Fri PM – Mon AM)


Thank you for your patience as this artwork tide comes in!