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The Fremont Rocket. Located at Evanston Ave N and N 35th S.
A unique landmark monument constructed from a 1950's cold war rocket. The Rocket bears the Fremont crest and motto, "De Libertas Quirkas" which means "Freedom to be Peculiar."
The Fremont Troll (Pictured above) N. 36th & Troll Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103.
Also known as The Troll and the Troll Under the Bridge, this is a colossal statue located under the north end of the Aurora Bridge that actually clutches a real Volkswagen Beetle with California license plates.
The Gum Wall. Located outside the Market Theater at Pike Place Market.
The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in several inches thick of used chewing gum. The tradition began in the 1990's. People would stick their gum on the wall as they waited for tickets. Twice the wall was scraped clean to no avail. Sometime in the late 1990's The Gum Wall was deemed a tourist attraction.
Hammering Man. 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-654-3100.
Created by Jonathan Borofsky, standing 48 feet high and weighing 26,000 pounds the statue hammers silently four times a minute, from 7am to 10pm every day. One may not want to stand under it, however, as it fell over a few years ago. One Labor Day, a group of artists attached a temporary ball and chain in a comical protest.
Hat n' Boots.
Georgetown's most famous landmark. Premium Tex Texaco gas station built in the 1950's. The giant red cowboy hat served as the office and the elaborately painted cowboy boots housed the restrooms.
Jimi Hendrix Commemorative Statue. 900 E. Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122.
Lenin Statue in Fremont. 600 N. 36th, Seattle, WA 98103.
An American teaching in Slovakia, Lewis Carpenter, found this statue lying in a scrapyard ready to be sold for the price of the bronze.
The Smith Tower. 506 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Phone: 206-622-4004.
One of the world’s first skyscrapers constructed by Lyman Cornelius Smith, the Smith Tower opened on July 4, 1914. At the time, it was the fourth tallest building in the world and weighed 48,650 tons. It remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years.
The Seattle Center is home to the 60-foot-tall (185m) Space Needle, which officially opened on April 21, 1962 - the first day of the Fair. The Space Needle features an observation deck, restaurant and cocktail bar within its "Jetsons style" top rotating 360 degree for the most amazing view, and it still is prominent on the city's skyline as Seattle's most recognizable landmark. The "Needle" and the Seattle Center can be reached by a 90-second monorail ride from downtown's Westlake shopping center.
Waiting for the Interurban. N. 34th Street and Fremont Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103.
Created by Richard Beyer. The piece depicts five people under a shelter and a curious dog, with a human face. Made from cast aluminum, the statue has attracted the imagination, mischief and creativity of hundreds of neighbors each year. The Interurban has hosted costumes, displays and "art attacks" celebrating everything from weddings, birthdays, bon voyages, congratulations, I-love-you's, memorials, good times and friendships to popular causes, and demonstrations.
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