About the Tour

THE OVERLOOKED ART TOUR TAKES YOU THROUGH THE STREETS WHILE YOU SEE AND LEARN ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC ART OF HATCH COVERS, SEWER DRAINS, PIT LIDS AND OTHER UNIQUE PIECES OF STREET METAL.

Besides having some very old and ornate hatch covers and sewer caps, Seattle is unique. Since the 1970s, the city has commissioned artists to design and create these lids for the local utility compaines. We take you on an hour stroll through historic Pioneer Square while you see these intricate chunks of metal, learn about the program and the artists, and step over history.

What started as a personal art project over ten years ago has become a nationwide movement in seeking out and giving new attention and life to the unnoticed elements of design that are present in each American city. With ink and canvas, Storm Print City set out on a "print mission" to catalog and capture manhole covers across the country. That mission started right here in Seattle and has traveled to the East Coast and back.

The Overlooked Art Tour was created to share what we have found and help others become aware of the public art that is embedded in the infrastructure of our city. Join the tour and you'll see your own community with a keener eye for detail, and a growing appreciation for the overlooked art that makes it unique.

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See Seattle Like Never Before

Gallery

Check out some of the beautiful pieces you will see and learn about on the tour.

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Your Guides

  • Russ

  • Kevin

  • Nathan