The Reeds Grassblades

This sculpture, titled “the reeds” “Grassblades”, at the Seattle Center is the work of John Fleming Susan Zoccola. Installed in 2002, it is one of the more photographed aspects of the Seattle Center campus.

Special thanks to Seattle Daily Photo for the corrections!
You can find out more about Susan Zoccola at her site:

5 Comments so far

  1. wesa (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    Those are a lot of fun to play with. We ended up with some of our engagement photos posed in front of them. :)

  2. josh (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 9:21 am

    I suspect that the sculpture is so documented because, like me, people see it and think: wait, has that always been there? why is this all the way over here by a parking lot? what is it anyway? i kind of like it!

    Maybe we should "commission" a survey to rank the most photographed aspects of Seattle Center. I’m guessing that #1 would be the Space Needle, #2 children playing in the International Fountain, …

  3. Shawn (unregistered) on January 29th, 2008 @ 10:12 am

    I know, once Blarch Badness is over, we to something similar but with aspects of Seattle Center. See what would win in a fight to the death between the International Fountain and the Space Needle!

  4. Kim (unregistered) on January 30th, 2008 @ 11:56 pm

    Hey Shawn, super photo of these. The name of the installation is actually "The Grassblades," from all the info I’ve ever read. John Fleming is the principal architect for r-b-f Architecture, and he worked with artist Susan Zoccola to design the installation. Here’s a bit about Susan.

    This is one of my fave art works to see photos of. . .everyone’s take is so different and some really creative perspectives and effects have come out in people’s shots of these. I’ve always thought they look a bit like brightly colored film strips or negatives. Always love your shots,

  5. Shawn (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 7:47 am

    Interesting, thanks Kim! I did a lot of research and came up with very little information about this sculpture. It surprises me that Seattle Center doesn’t have more information about their commissioned art.

    I will correct the information above with this new information. :)

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