Trip Itineraries

Self-Guided Art Tour of Historic Duvall


Duvall’s quirky history of art, music, and creativity remains front and center in its downtown. This itinerary will guide you through town and the dozens of installations from local artists. For those unable to physically come to Duvall you can also follow along and click on the links to see photos of the installations.
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  1. Start your day by parking your car at Depot Park. This park hosts the historic railroad depot. Originally located right down by river, it was donated to the City and moved to its current location. The depot was also the inspiration for the first stop in this itinerary, the park gateway.

     

    The Depot/McCormick Gateway design was influenced by the historic swing bridge and railroad. The concrete footing and seat wall reflect the bridge supports that used to serve the swing bridge along with the supports for the bridge that followed which still stand to the north of us today. The gateway includes railroad ties & rail as well as decorative iron truss work and park signage.  Read more about how the railroad created Duvall and see a photo of the old swing bridge here.

  2. Continue up the hill to three installations. Each of these installations were unveiled in 2013 and tell the story of an era of Duvall’s history.

     

    The first piece called  ‘Origins’ was created by local artist Dan Cautrell and uses metal and textured and colored concrete to honor the early years of Duvall and the pioneering spirit that established the City.  The sculpture is in the shape of a canoe to reflect the tribal roots and importance of the river. It also features natural scenes, railroad, and farming.

  3. Continuing up the hill you will get to  ‘Free Spirit’ a cut work metal piece by Seattle artist Brandon Zebold that portrays the mid-century lifestyle of Duvall. It reflects the farming lifestyle of the Valley during that period as well as the infamous “Piano Drop” and “hippie” movement that was so important to establishing Duvall’s artistic character.

  4. Next you will arrive at the final of the three installations, ‘Future Bridge’. This piece, by artist Ken Turner, represents the current lifestyle and bridge to the future with flowing ribbons of stainless steel representing the river and a canopy packed with imagery, including a microchip. The piece also provides a surprise shadow effect when the light is right.

  5. At the top of the hill take a left to head north on Main Street. When Main Street was reconstructed in 2008-2009, the City integrated an artistic “River” theme that can be seen throughout downtown, including the 18’ carved cedar planks, gateway signs, and murals that line the street. And be on the lookout for the artist inspired benches dotting Main Street along your way (can you find all 12?).

     

    At the end of the block you’ll reach Duvall City Hall. Check out the wood posts, carved by Dan Cautrell, that hold up the kiosk outside the building. Inside City Hall also serves as a rotating art gallery for local artists.

  6. Continue north and cross Stella Street and you’ll soon reach the Duvall Visitor’s center. The Visitor Center serves as a rotating art gallery for local artists. It’s also a great place to pick up info about the area.

  7. Continuing north on Main Street cross you’ll reach the first of 10 sets of cedar planks lining Main Street. This first plank,  Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 1), includes one side by artist Clifford E. Nichols, featuring a Great Blue Heron, salmon, and bald eagle, and the other side an intricate carved design by Dan Cautrell.

     

    Continuing on you’ll find its companion plank,  Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 2), by the same artists. One side featuring a beaver, salmon, and dragonfly (by Nichols), the other another intricate carved design (by Cautrell).

  8. Continue north and cross the Woodinville-Duvall Road to the next planks. The next two are companion planks, Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 1) and Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 2), are parallel to each other, one on each side of the street. They were carved by local artists Bruce Edwards and Chiaki Takamohara, and integrate the theme of river and salmon.

     

    For a side trip, head (west) on the Woodinville-Duvall road to visit the four Bridge Trolls. Created by Bruce Edwards, these trolls offer a fun, quirky welcome to the city.

  9. Heading back towards downtown, stay on the eastern side of the street. Crossing Virginia street you’ll find the next two sets of planks, Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 3) and Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 4). These are also companion planks, carved by artists Clifford E. Nichols and Dan Cautrell. Two of the panels feature kingfisher, salmon and owl. Dan Cautrell’s panels, feature intricate carvings integrating themes of Duvall’s history.

  10. The next two sets of cedar planks are carved by local artist Bob Antone. These planks are interpretations of Snoqualmie Tribal stories. The set,  Cedar Plank (Antone 1), has one side as ‘Moon the transformer’, interpretting an important Snoqualmie Tribe story. The plank behind it is called ‘Sacred River Song’ and features words and phrases from the Snoqualmie Language.

  11. Continue on to the next set, Cedar Plank (Antone 2), features ‘Modern women, First Nations, Snoqualmie River disconnected’showcasing two Coast Salish women and the Snoqualmie River. The plank on the other side features a story about Snoqualmie Falls.

  12. Next, you’ll reach a metal- installation outside the Duvall library. This piece, commissioned by the library, is called ‘Sounding’ was produced by Seattle artist. Brandon Zebold.

  13. Next, head inside the library to see ‘Fold’ an installation by nationally acclaimed artist John Grade. This ongoing art experiment will meet its companion piece in the next 3-8 years.

     

    ‘Fold’ was derived from a rubber cast of the human body stretched over a cylindrical frame, the sculpture is made up of thousands of hollow wood boxes bonded by translucent resin. This sculpture was made in two parts. The larger upper part is installed at the library and the smaller lower part is buried near the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.  In 3-8 years, the smaller section will also be exhumed and reunited with its other half in the library. Read more about this installation here.

  14. After the library continue heading south on Main Street for the final two planks, Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 3) and Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 4). After crossing Stephens street, you’ll arrive at the first of the two companion planks. The last two planks (one on either side of mainstreet) were carved by artists carved by Bruce Edwards and Chiaki Takamohara and feature natural beauty of the river and mountains, as well as the Valley’s deep relationship with salmon.

     

    You can see a full view of all 10 sets of planks installed along Main St here.

  15. As you head back north on mainstreet check out the upper gateway. This gateway is the companion to the lower gateway (the one inspired by the railroad) and is designed to be more contemporary and represent the City’s present and future.

     

    In the design of the gateways, the Snoqualmie River and Library were used as the anchors. The river is the forever of the Valley, as far back in history as you can go, the art installations take you through different eras of Duvall’s history and ultimately lead you to what is the future – the Library and its design representing knowledge, technology, and advancement.

  16. Take a left on Stephens to head back to Depot Park. Before getting back into your car, be sure to head downhill to McCormick Park. This riverside park will help tie everything together for you. Take a seat by the Snoqualmie River to help understand the inspiration of much of the art featured throughout Duvall.

     

    Looking for more art? Many of the downtown businesses also act as rotating art galleries for local artists. Check out the Duvall Grill & Tap Room, Match Coffee & Wine, Northwest Art Center, and Studio Beju to continue your local art tour.