Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation, in partnership with Center Art, announced the design and construction team for Artists at Play, a privately funded children’s play project at Seattle Center. The team, comprised of celebrated artists Trimpin and Judith Caldwell, in partnership with Site Workshop and Highwire, will transform the asphalt plaza between Seattle Center Armory and EMP Museum into a free, artistically inspired play area for kids.   

Based on the idea that play can encompass sounds and motion, Trimpin, a MacArthur Genius Award recipient, will create a series of playful interactive sculptures. 

Caldwell, a renowned Pacific Northwest artist, will engage local kids to interpret their stories into artworks, which will be integrated throughout the site. 

Landscape architecture firm Site Workshop, which has broad experience in creating imaginative parks and play areas, will blend the artworks into a comprehensive design that includes art elements and new, innovative play equipment, supplied by Highwire, a local play-equipment provider.

The design and construction will run through 2014.

The project’s partners invite children and adults alike to join team members in a kickoff community-design presentation and workshop, from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 1, in Next 50 Pavilion (adjacent to the Seattle Monorail platform).  

Both artists and the larger design team will be on hand to present their initial design work and gather input from the public. Additional community workshops will be scheduled around the city in spring 2014.

More information on the Artists at Play project is available at