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Marvin Oliver

Fort Dent Park

An early work by a celebrated Indigenous sculptor honors the power of the eagle.

Marvin Oliver (1946–2019). Eagle, 1978. Carved and painted cedar. Fort Dent Park, Tukwila, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo:

Once a winter village for the Duwamish tribe, Fort Dent Park in Tukwila was partially vacated in the aftermath of the 1855 Point Elliott treaty before briefly becoming the site of a small military blockhouse. The 54-acre location was then used as farmland until it was developed into a public park in 1968.

The park is home to Eagle, an early work by renowned Northwest Coast artist Marvin Oliver symbolizing strength and connection to the Creator. A carved and painted cedar head and beak protrude from a rectilinear panel mounted on two posts high above the ground below. The sculpture was restored in 2012 and again in 2020.
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