Sculpture “Illusion Dweller” on Arroyos Beach

Down around the corner from the beach I frequent, the city had a new piece of land donated by the Bullitt family (former owners and founders of KING Broadcasting).  They gave 5.7 acres to the Arroyos Green Space. It has a sculpture installed called “Illusion Dweller” that is made of stainless steel and commissioned by Gerry Tsutakawa. It is actually to the North of the house they built down here many years ago.

I saw an article in the West Seattle Blog this week and decided I had to walk down there to see what it was all about. Below is a short video of my approach by land which for most folks isn’t an option. As the blog states the only way to see it is by water and boat.

West Seattle artwork you won’t see unless you’re at sea

After I took my pictures I walked back on the tideflats to our beach further to the south. I ran into a friend who is repairing his waterfront area damaged by the December storms. He has lived in this area for many years and told me a little about Stimson Bullitt’s tussle with the city to get the house built.

He said that the house they built at the end of the road south of the donated land was not an easy endeavor. The city threw lots of roadblocks in the way. The Bullitts had to pay to have all the water, sewer and power laid in underground. But the best piece is the turnaround he built so a fire truck could get turned. It is a cement platform on tall posts hanging out over the bluff. I thought it was just a parking space but now we know the full story.

Stimson was a leader in our community and active into his 80s. He was proud that he was on “Nixon’s Enemy’s List” from his protests of the Vietnam War. A man after my heart. Here is his Obit with some more details.

Enjoy the pictures!


    • You are one busy person for sure. Glad you enjoyed it and really won’t take much to deed that staircase to the DNR and then we could all legally walk there.

      Keep up the good work.

  1. I have been curious about the Bullitt house. I grew up in the Arroyos and we could ride bikes through to Fauntleroy before that house was built. I see that the house is now owned by the city, so I’m curious as to whether the house is still being lived in by Tina Bullitt or anyone else.

    • HI – I think the grand daughter still lives there. What I heard is she can stay as long as she likes… and yes the city owns it but I always feel like I am tresspassing when I use the stairs.

      • Thank you for your reply. I may have to go down and take a look sometime. If I were challenged, it would give me a chance to inquire about the status of the property!

      • Let me know what you find. It has been a while since I went down that way. I usually go down Ocean View trail and then just walk down the beach at low tide. The up the stairs and up the Arroyos. Be good!!

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