Japanese-American Farmers

At The Pike Place Market:

Seattle Washington USA

A Public Artwork Project

logo by artist Mits Katayama

logo by Mits Katayama

Project Overview

The Pike Place Market




Market Scene

Artist-Aki Sogabe

Support Materials

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  Established in 1907, the Pike Place Market is one of the oldest public farmers' markets in the United States. Begun primarily as a place to buy fresh meat, fish, and produce, the nine-acre Market area now houses restaurants, bookstores, bakeries, retail shops, art galleries, craft stalls, professional offices, housing, a hotel, one of Seattle's most popular parks (Victor Steinbrueck Park), and community services including a medical clinic, congregate care facility, children's day care, senior center, and food bank.

Saved from the wrecking ball by a people's initiative approved in 1971, many of the Market's structures are now owned and leased by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). The PDA supports this effort to recognize the contributions of Japanese Americans in the historical development of the Market. Subject to PDA approval, the work may be located in or on PDA-owned property. A separate body, the Pike Place Market Historical Commission, review and approves all changes of use or design within the Market. The Commission applies and enforces guidelines which include sections pertaining to use of Market spaces, signage, and commemorative memorials. The selected work must be approved by the Historical Commission.

Most of the Japanese-American farmers sold their produce along the main arcade and the main street in the Market. The artwork may, however, be located anywhere within the Market district. There is no predetermined location or limit to the form or medium of art. Prior to implementation, the selected artist must cooperate with the selection committee in order to secure final approval from these agencies.