Seattle Southside Scenes

Seattle Southside Scenes explores the art, culture, and history of the Seattle Southside region. As one of the most unique areas in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Southside is filled with public art, historic landmarks, and a diverse populous with rich, cultural heritage. Seattle Southside Scenes uncovers and documents fascinating stories behind iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and the people behind them. All Scenes can be found throughout the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, Des Moines, and the surrounding area.


Watch these videos to learn about the art, history and culture of Seattle Southside. Then, explore for yourself and visit each of the locations.


Spice Bridge International Food Hall

Spice Bridge, the International Food Hall in Tukwila, is home to FIN’s Food Business Incubator program, which helps South King County women of color, immigrants, and refugees start and grow thriving businesses. Taste delicacies from around the world at Spice Bridge.

Two chefs in front of African food

Big Catch Statue

The mysterious and controversial Big Catch statue is based upon a tale of a beautiful maiden who was turned into a fish. After a kiss from the fisherman, she turns back into a maiden. Richard Beyer created the statue (and the tale) and took the secrets of the sculpture to his grave.

two young sisters playing near Big Catch Plaza Statue in Des Moines Washington of Giant Fish and Man Kissing

Robert Morris Earthwork

Artist Robert Morris removed undergrowth from an abandoned 3.7-acre gravel pit in the Kent Valley, terraced the earth, and planted it with rye grass. Morris returned the land to active use—40 years later, we value it as a gathering place and internationally-celebrated destination. 

Robert Morris Earthwork public art under blue sky and clouds


Grandview Dog Park - former Nike Missile Site

With all the happy dogs frolicking around at this park, you’d never know the location used to house a Cold War-era missile defense system. In the late 1940s a defense system against incoming Soviet bombers included nearly a dozen Nike Missile sites in Washington state, this being one of them!

Women walking dogs in front of snow-capped Mount Rainier


Bootlegging at Des Moines Marina

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Sailboat returning to Des Moines Marina.


Maury Island Incident Mural

In June of 1947, weeks before the infamous Roswell incident, Fred Crisman and Harold Dahl had a close encounter off the shores of Des Moines. Allegedly, a group of UFOs rained down a metallic substance on their boat, injuring one and killing Dahl’s beloved dog! Discover the art mural that displays the entire event.

Mural of UFO over boat in Puget Sound


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