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Nord Alley / Pioneer Square / First Thursday

Tonight come to Pioneer Square”s First Thursday art walk, when leading art galleries throw open their doors to introduce their new exhibitions and artists, and check out the Alley Network Project”s  MOVABLE LIVABLE

/ First Thursday, July 5th / Pioneer Square”s Nord Alley / 5-8pm / free

THE DIVING BELLES – With the help of discarded bicycle parts, Seattle artist Kyler Martz brings to life The “Diving Belles of Nord Alley”, an interactive installation based on his illustration work.

LIVING STREETS: STRATEGIES FOR CRAFTING PUBLIC SPACE - New book on living street examples from around the world. Featuring a chapter on alleys! - book signing with authors Lesley Bain, Barbara Gray and Dave Rodgers.

THE WINTERLINGS –  Delivering literary lyrics with both male and female vocals, guitar, violin, harmonica, banjo, ukulele and percussion, The Winterlings build bonfires of sound to sit and dream beside.

light snacks drink art music

Enter through Nord Alley to view this amazing installation behind 314-1st Ave South, Seattle 98104 (between Jackson & Main AND Occidental Ave & 1st Ave South)


This event is put on by the Alley Network Project which aims to transform “Pioneer Square’s alleys into one of its unrivaled assets.” The Alley Network Project draws on the energy and ideas of neighbors, businesses, colleagues and community groups to transform Pioneer Square’s  alleys into one of its unrivaled assets. Alleys offer the opportunity for Pioneer Square to boost healthy activity on its streets, feed its vibrant arts culture, and draw people to local businesses.


Also going on in Nord Alley this month is Allez Alley! Le Tour d’Alley
July 2nd – 20th / Pioneer Square”s online casino Nord Alley / 11:30-1:30 / free

Watch the Tour de France viewing in Nord Alley this July!
*Weekdays, July 2 – 20 11:30-1:30 *not showing on July 4th and tour rest days tda
*BYOL (bring your own lunch)
*Prizes and deals from Pioneer Square
*Cycling teams, bike clubs and cycling enthusiasts encouraged to come


Flashback to last month in Nord Alley:

P {ALLEY} DROMES Instillation
by recent UW M.Arch graduates Lauren Keene & Sarah Marshall and UW M.LArch graduate Jenny Kempson

As part of the First Thursday Art Walk in Seattle, Lauren, Sarah and Jenny (all recent graduates of the UW College of Built Environment) were commissioned to do a large scale art installation for the Nord Alley Art Party which opened this past May 2012. The installation, P {ALLEY} DROMES, involved large typography made of wood, bright orange paint, or moss, which will have the opportunity to grow and change the artwork. The text demonstrates a fun mixture of palindromes which can be read from left to right and right to left down the alley walls. The alley event had over 350 people in attendance (even with the Seattle rain) and continued to draw people into the alley space for the following two months. This project was funded by the City of Seattle Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Grant and in collaboration with International Sustainability Institute. Below are photos of their instillation in Nord Alley.

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