Cascadia is a sculptural interpretation of the Basaltic Lava flows
I noticed this watery sculpture in a park at Seattle's International District. There was steam on the water that I thought this was a natural hot spring. The etched metal plate nearby describes this stone fountain as "Cascadia: Garden of Vessels"---a sculptural interpretation of the basaltic lava flows by Seattle artist, John Hoge. This sculpture references the cataclysmic events that shaped the stark landscape of central and southeastern Washington. The basalt formations in this region date to the Miocene Period, beginning about 17 million years ago and continuing over the period of 11 million years. During this time, about 300 lava flows blanketed the region, emerging from giant fissures near the Idaho/Washington border. At the end of the last Pleistocene glacial advance---17 thousand years ago---a monumental ice dam in Montana failed, unleashing a series of floods that scoured the landscape until only basalt formations remain. For Cascadia, the artist selected massive, four-to-six-sided columns as well as smaller "pillow" basalts. Leaving their shapes largely intact, Hoge emphasized the intrinsic beauty of the rocks by polishing selected planes. Cascadia captures the energy and form of the region's beautiful volcanic past.
that's a pretty neat sculpture/water feature. and thanks for the information too.
I like the steam rising up the water. Very informative. Thanks for sharing.
It sounds and looks like an impressive fountain !
oh, what a great construction! a place to stay and get a break from the chaos of the day.
awesome! thanks for sharing.
beautiful piece of art!
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Love the fascinating shapes in this water feature! Even better, there is a historic reason for their creation! Informative post!
Awesome water sculptures and fountains. I love the designs of the fountains.
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This is informative. I liked the sort of splashing effect on the third photo.
The whole set of water features is gorgeous! A cool spot to hang out.
Oh wow, that's impressive. Great shots and have a nice day.
Beautiful fountain and what lovely watery photographs you've shared here today. Thanks so much for visiting mine at Sacred Ruminations
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You did a great job of photographing them. Thanks for sharing the information.
Love the fountain. Seattle is such a beautiful city.
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The sculptures are just gorgeous, and you've captured them so well.
These beautiful sculptures pay homage to the fiery past of this beautiful region and you have captured them well. Great photos.
I enjoyed you description of the geological history including the Great Missoula Flood.
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Looks like it would be the perfect place to be still, quiet and meditate. Lovely! NM
Its just beautiful. Great place.
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A very beautiful fountain.
The fountain is beautiful and I really like that first closeup shot. It's very zen-like and soothing.
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That's a really interesting water display you came upon. A lot of thought went into its design, too. I bet the watery sounds it creates are equally beautiful too!
What a beautiful monument! I can hear the waterfall ... so peaceful. :-)
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