This "garden's" eerie hums and moans provided inspiration for the Seattle grunge band of the same name and countless park-goers.. What it Is The Sound Garden is an assembly of 11 small metallic towers that look as if they've come straight from a science-fiction movie set. As the winds whip along Lake Washington and over Sand Point, the hollow tubes begin to moan and hum. Sometimes the hums sound like industrial machinery, and sometimes the moans sound as loud as a ferry horn.
You'll Want to Know This strange and sinister art-work by sound sculptor Douglas Hollis is miles off the beaten path. Magnuson Park was created out of the space left by the old Sandpoint Naval Air Station, and its wide-open spaces draw dog owners and model aircraft enthusiasts from around the city. Modern art fans should make the trip, too. An interesting fact: The band Soundgarden took its name, and presumably its grinding base riffs, from the tubes.