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 locations can be found throughout the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila, and Des Moines.

Go behind the scenes of the Seattle Southside Scenes program and learn more about the stories that make this region unique.


Click each location to learn about the art, history and culture of Seattle Southside. Then, explore for yourself with the free Scenes Trail to visit each of the locations and win a prize.




Spice Bridge International Food Hall

Spice Bridge is home to FIN’s Food Business Incubator program, which helps women of color, immigrants, and refugees start and grow thriving businesses. 

Two chefs in front of African food

Big Catch Statue

Artist Richard Beyer created the controversial Big Catch statue in Des Moines. He also created the tale about the statue 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 converted an abandoned gravel pit into a work of art in nature, a gathering place, and internationally-celebrated destination. 

Robert Morris Earthwork public art under blue sky and clouds


Zenith Holland Nursery

The oldest continually operating business in Des Moines has grown and sold high quality plants to locals and visitors since 1907. 

Zenith Holland Gardens Sign


The Cloud at Angle Lake Light Rail Station

This shimmering, glittering art installation named, "The Cloud," at the light rail station marks the beginning or an end to any journey. 

Angle Lake Light Rail Station


Duwamish Gardens

This public park represents the history of how the Coast Salish people, pioneering truck farmers, and Italian immigrants all interacted with surrounding landscape. 

Women looking up at wind chime display at Duwamish Gardens Park


Nike Missile Site at Grandview Dog Park 

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. 

Women walking dogs in front of snow-capped Mount Rainier


Bootlegging at Des Moines Marina

Learn about Roy Olmstead and his role in the secret culture of bootlegging during prohibition and how the Marina was a key location to deliver smuggled alcohol.

Sailboat returning to Des Moines Marina.


Maury Island Incident Mural

In 1947, weeks before the infamous Roswell incident, two men had a close encounter with UFOs off the shores of Des Moines. Discover the art mural that displays the entire event.

Mural of UFO over boat in Puget Sound

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Seattle Southside Scenes Map

Icon map of attractions in Seattle Southside