Sculpture exhibition atop Cougar Mountain opens Saturday
July 9, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. July 9, 2010
Sculptures sprouted in the Issaquah Alps on Thursday, as artists assembled a temporary exhibition at a trailhead and a defunct missile base atop Cougar Mountain.
King County Parks and Recreation collaborated with Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art to install more than a dozen sculptures at Anti-Aircraft Peak and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.
The temporary exhibition — called “Overgrowth & Understory” — runs from Saturday until Oct. 2. The parks department and CoCA plan a public reception at Anti-Aircraft Peak from 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
Though park goers can take up to four hours to see the entire exhibition, a shorter walking tour can be accomplished in as few as 15 minutes.
Before the county turned the land into a park, the U.S. Army maintained a Nike Ajax missile site on the mountain to protect the Puget Sound region from possible Soviet attack — hence the name Anti-Aircraft Peak.