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 guides you through town and the dozens of installations from local artists. Anyone unable to physically come to Duvall can also follow along by clicking 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 also provided 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 here today. The gateway includes railroad ties and 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. Unveiled in 2013, each of these installations tell the story of an era of Duvall’s history.

     

    The first piece called  ‘Origins’, created by local artist Dan Cautrell, uses metal and textured and colored concrete to honor the early years of Duvall and the pioneering spirit that established the City.  The sculpture’s canoe shape reflects 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. During the reconstruction of Main Street in 2008-2009, the City integrated an artistic “River” theme visible throughout downtown, including the 18’ carved cedar planks, gateway signs, and murals that line the street. 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 support 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 and Community 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.

     

    Continue on to find its companion plank,  Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 2), by the same artists. One side features a beaver, salmon, and dragonfly (by Nichols), the other another an intricate carved design (by Cautrell).

  8. Continue north, cross the Woodinville-Duvall Road, and then go another 200 feet to the next two planks. These companion planks, Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 1) and Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 2), parallel each other with one on each side of the street. Carved by local artists Bruce Edwards and Chiaki Takamohara, they 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 Main Street. On each side of the Stewart street intersection, you’ll find the next two sets of planks, Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 3) and Cedar Plank (Nichols and Cautrell 4).  Artists Clifford E. Nichols and Dan Cautrell carved these companion planks. Two panels feature kingfisher, salmon and owl. Dan Cautrell’s panels feature intricate carvings integrating themes of Duvall’s history.

  10. Continue to Stella Street to the next set of cedar planks, carved by local artist Bob Antone.  The set,  Cedar Plank (Antone 1), has  ‘Moon the Transformer’ on one side, interpreting an important Snoqualmie Tribe story. The plank behind it – ‘Sacred River Song’ – features words and phrases from the Snoqualmie Language.

  11. Cross Stella Street where the next set, Cedar Plank (Antone 2), features ‘Modern women, First Nations, Snoqualmie River disconnected’ showcases 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 the sculpture ‘Fold’  by nationally acclaimed artist John Grade.  Derived from a rubber cast of the human body stretched over a cylindrical frame, ‘Fold’ is composed of thousands of hollow wood boxes bonded by translucent resin. Made in two parts, the library displays the larger upper part. The smaller lower part is buried and organically decaying 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. Leaving the library, cross Main Street at Stephens Street and continue heading south.  The final two planks, Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 3) and Cedar Plank (Edwards and Takamohara 4), sit on opposite sides of Main Street about 100 feet south of Ring Street.  Carved by artists Bruce Edwards and Chiaki Takamohara, the panels feature the 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. Turn around, head back north on Main Street, and check out the upper gateway.  As a companion to the lower gateway (the one inspired by the railroad), this gateway’s contemporary design represents the City’s present and future.

     

    The gateways’ design uses the Snoqualmie River and Library  as the anchors. The river, the forever of the Valley, goes 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 its future – the Library and its design representing knowledge, technology, and advancement.

  16. Take a left on Stephens Street to return to Depot Park. Before getting back into your car, consider heading downhill to McCormick Park. Take a seat by the Snoqualmie River to help understand the inspiration for 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, Northwest Art Center, and Studio Beju to continue your local art tour.