Tsutakawa Memorial Gates

Our Public Celebration in the News!

Thanks to everyone who attended our wonderful event on September 14. KING 5 News and King 5 Evening were present to capture some of the magic. Crosscut came to the Arboretum on September 8 to report on the installation.

 

Celebrate the Return of the Arboretum’s Iconic Entry

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Graham Visitors Center

Ribbon-cutting ceremoney: 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Please join us on September 14 to celebrate the return of the Tsutakawa Memorial Gates to the entrance of Washington Park Arboretum. The festivities will include:

  • live music
  • taiko drumming
  • food trucks

The original gates—created in 1976 by renowned Northwest artist George Tsutakawa to memorialize all those who love and support the Arboretum—were stolen and destroyed at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Thanks to support from private donors and local government organizations, the gates have been lovingly recreated by George’s son, sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa, who fabricated the original gates for his father.

All members of the public welcome!
Free parking and admission!

Holiday shopper getting a handmade wreath from the Arboretum Foundation

CHIKIRI & The School of TAIKO (photo by Tero Patana)

Performers & Food Trucks

Live Music

Food Trucks

Holiday shopper getting a handmade wreath from the Arboretum Foundation

Steve Griggs Ensemble performing at the Wing Luke Museum.

Holiday shopper getting a handmade wreath from the Arboretum Foundation

Gerard Tsutakawa fabricating the new gates in his workshop in spring 2022.

 Thanks for Your Support!

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