Richard Serra is thought by many to be the world's foremost living sculptor. His work has been exhibited and installed (with occasional controversy) throughout the world since he began showing in museums and galleries in New York in the late 60s.
A recent piece, "Wake" arrived in Belltown's Olympic Sculpture Park last weekend. It is not a site-specific sculpture, but the chosen setting, the OSP's Valley precinct, was partially designed to accommodate Serra's vision for the installation.
While many observers apply nautical metaphors to the piece, and Serra acknowledges an affinity for the sea, "Wake" was named to reference the death of his friend, J. Kirk Varnedoe, rugby player, rower, educator, and one of the world's most influential art curators.