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Melodious Sculpture

Located on a hill overlooking Lake Washington, A Sound Garden is a group of towering metal structures that turn the wind into an eerie yet soothing soundtrack. And yes, this sculpture garden inspired the name of the Seattle band.

Drive to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus adjacent to the expansive Warren G. Magnuson Park. There are other art installations on the campus, but you’re really there to see the grove of 21-foot-high steel towers supporting wind-activated organ pipes. This sound sculpture is the work of Douglas R. Hollis, whose commissions can be found across the country, from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to the de Young Musuem in San Francisco.

The site is beautiful and serene, but come on a windy day to experience it at its peak. Although admission is free, bring a photo ID and be prepared to have your bag searched as this is a government facility. The art installations are about a half-mile from parking, but the walk and the views are well worth it.