Waterfront Public Art

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A yet-to-be-installed statue will be located at a Central Marina vista to honor the community’s boating history.

The bronze statue by Sultan artist Kevin Pettelle is inspired by a 1940s photograph of a young girl looking out into what was then the Port of Everett’s boat harbor, which was located between Piers 1 and 2 at the Port’s international seaport at the time.

The photo has become an icon of the era that saw a rise in boating and an expanding marina in Everett. As a statue, the girl will look out at Fisherman’s Harbor as she ponders the future of boating.

Who's that girl? It's Kathy Reinell Bowen of famed Reinell boats. Kathy’s father, Edward Reinell, who took this picture, taught classes for the Everett Sail and Power Squadron, socialized with the Everett Yacht Club and moored the family yacht in a boathouse here.

Surf II

The “Surf II” sculpture was Everett’s first piece of public art. This abstract steel form was located on Colby Avenue before it was moved to the Port of Everett’s boat launch at 10th Street.

The design for “Surf II” by Stanley Wanlass of Astoria, Oregon, was inspired by Northwest seas and trees. The 40,000-pound sculpture features nine wave- or branch-like sections that jut upward from the base. It is 22 feet long and its tallest point is 14 feet high.

“Surf II” was dedicated to the City of Everett in 1976 in honor of America’s bicentennial year. The Wanlass monument was relocated to the Port of Everett around 1983 because its abstract shape is complemented by the waterfront.

Port of Everett Past and Present

A mural by the late Bernie Webber (1923-2006) was moved in 2023 to the Port of Everett’s Blue Heron Room at Waterfront Center, where Port Commission meetings are held.

The 6-foot by 20-foot mural is comprised of six panels that illustrate the history of the Port of Everett waterfront. “Port of Everett Past and Present” had previously been hanging in the Port’s Administration Office and, before that, it was at the Everett Station.

Webber was commissioned to paint the mural in 1992. The Everett watercolorist and muralist was named Artist of the Year in 2004 by the Arts Council of Snohomish County.

Webber’s work includes 33 portraits of Everett mayors, which hang in the Wall Street Building, and more than 50 historic-based murals, including those at Providence Everett Medical Center, Everett Community College, Paine Field and Naval Station Everett.

Fishermen's Tribute

The “Fishermen’s Tribute” statue is the focal point of the Fishermen’s Tribute Plaza at the Port of Everett’s Craftsman District.  

In 2011, the Fishermen's Tribute Committee installed the statue at the plaza to pay homage to Everett’s commercial fishing industry. The 8-foot-tall fisherman with old-style rain gear is hauling in a net.

“Fishermen’s Tribute” was cast by Sultan’s Kevin Pettelle, an artist known for his work on Everett’s “Mike Jordan” and Seattle’s “J.P. Patches” statues. Pettelle was named the 2012 Schack Artist of the Year.

The First 100 Years

“The First 100 Years” six-panel mural made in celebration of the Port of Everett’s centennial year is on display in the Port’s Waterfront Center lobby, near the entrance to the Scuttlebutt Family Pub. The mural, installed in 2018, adds to the interpretive signage and historical artifacts displayed there.

The Port worked with Kirkland muralist Sherrill Hull to create the mural showcasing the Port’s century of evolution from a once booming mill town and industrial hub to the balanced working and recreational waterfront it is today.

The six panels are a visual timeline of the Port’s history from 1918 to 2018 painted in acrylics. The top panels illustrate 1918 to the 1950s, the middle span the 1960s to the 2000s, and the bottom panels represent the 2010s to 2018. 


The “Preservation” sculpture is located on the stairwell at Waterfront Center in the Port of Everett’s Craftsman District.

Clinton-based sculptor Georgia Gerber cast the five salmon in bronze in 2010 to recognize the importance of preserving salmon runs in Puget Sound – a value shared by the Port.

You probably recognize her work. Gerber is famous for Seattle’s “Rachel the Pig” – but she has more than 50 public installations throughout Washington, including Langley’s “Boy and Dog,” “Locals” in Edmonds, and Marysville’s “The Traveler” statues.

Blue Heron

Kaplan Rohde was commissioned to create “Blue Heron” for the Port of Everett in 2010.

The metal art – just outside the Waterfront Center’s Blue Heron Room – is made out of steel, copper, aluminum and brass. A heat patina gives the metal its colorization.

The Shoreline artist made “Blue Heron” by hand. Kaplan based the work on a photograph of a blue heron. He drew the large wading bird to size, cut metal sheets with a plasma torch, hammered each to form and then welded them together.

Now retired, Kaplan was a sheet metal worker for 42 years. You may have seen his artwork at Issaquah Salmon Days or the Edmonds Arts Festival – but “Blue Heron” may just be his only work on public display.


Jim Matheson’s sundial is located at the Port of Everett’s Boxcar Park, near the historic Weyerhaeuser Building, now featuring the Muse Whiskey & Coffee, a coffeehouse by day and a speakeasy-style whiskey bar by night.

Matheson made the sculpture in 1977. The Roche Harbor Yacht Club donated Matheson’s piece to the Port of Everett in 2007 for display at the waterfront.

A past commodore of the cruising club, Matheson was a liveaboard at the Port of Everett Marina for 12 years. The one at the Port is the last sundial he ever welded because he moved onto his 70-foot yacht soon after building it.

Matheson picked up welding as a hobby in 1970. For this sundial, he followed building plans for a sundial shared by an Oregon university. Out of the four or five sundials he’s made, the Port’s is the largest one at 4½ feet in diameter.

Winter Lighting Displays

The Port of Everett’s winter lighting displays are on display from mid-November to President’s Day at Pacific Rim Plaza and surrounding esplanade next to Hotel Indigo.

The “frozen fountain” serves as the main attraction for the Port’s winter lighting displays. The tree-like sculpture made its debut at the Port’s Holiday on the Bay event in 2021.

Working with Seattle’s Visionart, the Port designed the one-of-a-kind piece to look like a fountain that has frozen into the shape of a tree. LED chaser lights line all four tiers so that the “ice” appears to drip.

Other water-themed illuminations along the Port of Everett Marina’s esplanade include “crashing waves” and “leaping salmon.” The blue waves with white caps have chaser lights on their sides to simulate the movement of water; the framed fish are lined with LED lights and hang from light poles.