Seattle is unique. Since the 1970s, the city has commissioned artists to design and create iron covers for the local utility companies. We take you on a hour-long stroll through historic Pioneer Square to 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 to give new attention and life to the unknown elements of design present in every American city. With ink and canvas, artist Russell Muits (Storm Print City), set out to catalog and capture utility covers across the country. The mission started right here in Seattle and has traveled to the East Coast and back. That experience, combined with Kevin Hyde's Renaissance nature and love for the arts, sparked an idea — everyone in Seattle should be looking down.
We created the Overlooked Art Tour to share our discoveries and to make others aware of the public art embedded in our city’s infrastructure. We're now in our 3rd season and still finding new art and history beneath our feet.
Join the tour and see Seattle with a keener eye for details while developing an appreciation for its overlooked art!