Public Art Unveiling Celebration



Public Art Unveiling Celebration

Sunday June 02, 1-4pm 

Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th St, Kenmore

Free & Open to the Public


Kenmore’s Rhododendron Park has a new public art installation titled “Legends Bench.” The public is invited to a special Unveiling Celebration event on Sunday, June 2 from 1-4pm, at Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th St, Kenmore.  


Legends Bench is a memorial for two local youth, Caleb Shoop and Sarah Paulson, both killed in March of 2014 in separate pedestrian/auto accidents. Their families commissioned the public artwork with collaborative support from the Arts of Kenmore and the City of Kenmore’s Park Dept. 


"The project has met with such overwhelming support, start to finish,” according to Karissa Webster, project liaison to the Arts of Kenmore. “From the community, to the city of Kenmore, to the artist... it has been heartwarming and healing."


It is a bit of a misnomer to call it a bench… the structure is more of a sculpture designed by stone-artist Woody Morris. Constructed of three 850 lb. Basalt boulders flanking two Valdes slate benches that arch slightly in an ‘S’ shape to provide extra seating and fun climbing surfaces all around (and over and under!).


Legends Bench is intended to be a community gathering space for families and children, and enhancing the beauty of the park. The title comes from a Babe Ruth quote that Caleb frequently recited, “Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die.” The families believe that is the kind of spirit Legends Bench will provide for park goers to experience for years to come.


If you are encouraged to support this citizen-driven project, please visit to make a tax-deductible donation.


Event Date: 
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Rhododendron Park
6910 NE 170th St
Kenmore, WA 98028
United States
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Last updated: Thu, 05/16/2019 - 3:17pm