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New Public Art: La Diab Pish

1st September 2021

Update: October 18th, 2021

La Diab Pish has sucessfuly been installed at the Climate Pledge arena. Here are behind the scenes photos of the installation.


A new public art sculpture, titled La Diab Pish, by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin will be installed at the new Climate Pledge Arena site at the Seattle Center this fall. The sculpture depicts a Pacific Giant Octopus, which is a creature of incredible intelligence and beauty. An otherworldly creature of our local waters, it is also one that permeates the lore of many cultures. In Preston Singletary’s Tlingit culture, it is often associated with shamanism.

Singletary, a native of Seattle, who grew up near Seattle Center, wanted to make a design that would bring together the art forms of his heritage, and from his adopted home. This sculpture is intended to show the relationships between the design styles of both of these places. Intended to be a symbol of respect for both the Salish people on whose land we all live, and the long tradition of incredible coastal art forms in the northwest.

The stainless steel and glass construction are also a reference to Singletary’s Studio work. The changing light shining through the glass will have a dynamic and eye-catching effect. Intended to bring a sense of fun to people enjoying an event at the newly renovated arena or to anyone enjoying the Seattle Center.

In addition to this large public art sculpture by Singletary and Franklin, pieces by noted artists Gerard Tsutakawa, Norie Sato, Iole Alessandrini, Laura Haddad, Tom Drugan and Megan Kelso will also be represented on the site. Learn more about the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. See a special interview with Preston Singletary and David Franklin from KIRO 7 News.

Image courtesy of Climate Pledge Arena

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