The Fin Project @ Magnuson Park

Meet the whales 🐳

📸: Adam Kubota

📍 Located on the north loop trail of Warren G. Magnuson Park: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
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They might not be ~real~ whales, but “The Fin Project: From Swords into Plowshares” by sculptor John T. Young doesn’t require a strong imagination to see the resemblance. The sculpture’s “dorsal fins” are actually diving fins from decommissioned nuclear submarines. Each fin has a plaque listing the name of its former submarine alongside the name of a Puget Sound orca whale, plus the names of donors who assisted with the installation.

A fixture of Magnuson Park since 1998, “The Fin Project” can be interpreted in many ways—though its artist’s statement says it’s about “peace, turning weapons into art, recycling, and honoring the men and women who served our country during the Cold War.” It’s a very Seattle piece of art! 

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Adam Kubota Video Producer

Adam Kubota

Adam Kubota is a born and raised Seattleite. He once attempted to catalog every US city with a municipal composting program. When not looking for Seattle’s best burrito, he works as The Ticket’s video producer.