What’s up with the new giant skulls around Seattle?

SEA Giant Skulls are part of the Catrinas Festival celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

Three large calveras sculptures (gray, red, and yellow) side-by-side outside Westlake Center in Seattle, WA

See if you can find all ten of these calveras around town.

Photo via Downtown Seattle Association

Those walking around downtown lately may have noticed head turning new artwork on display.

SEA Giant Skulls is an installation of 10 large sculptures celebrating the lead up to Dia de los Muertos (aka the Day of the Dead). Each skull — or calavera — was hand-crafted by acclaimed artist Hermes Arroyo in his hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and then transported to Seattle.

The 4-ft-tall sculptures are also part of the Catrinas Festival, which takes place Nov. 2-5 at Town Hall. Be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy live mariachi performances, folk art, food, and a candlelight procession each night.

Before moving indoors for the fest, the calaveras are on display for public viewing through October at these locations:

  • 2+U
  • McGraw Square
  • Occidental Square
  • Pioneer Park
  • Van Vorst Plaza in South Lake Union
  • Westlake Park
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