Town Square Plaza
2nd Avenue S. and W. Harrison Street
Adjacent to King County Library's Kent branch, 1 block south of Kent Station retail center & transit hub
Amenities include: open plaza, community gathering space, public art, water features, restrooms.
Special thanks to the Rotary clubs for donating the sphere and to Seattle Solstice for constructing the sphere:
The sphere at Town Square Plaza, near Kent Station, was donated by the Rotary Clubs of Kent on the occasion of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary. Photo by William D. Graham, Past President of Kent Rotary, Mike Painter, Past President of Kent Sunrise Rotary, Jim White, Past Mayor of Kent, City Councilman, Ron Harmon, Andy Wangstad, Advisor, and Stuart Kendell, Artist and Honorary Member of Rotary Club’s of Kent.
Party at the Plaza from Kent TV21 on Vimeo.
History of the Rotary International Centennial Sphere
The 6-1/2 ton polished sphere was produced from a 20-ton quarry block of green granite from India.
It sits on a granite base quarried in China. Both were fabricated by Seattle Solstice using equipment created specifically to create floating, spherical fountains.
Kent’s sphere is the largest west of the Mississippi, yet rotates on 15 pounds per square inch of water, roughly the amount of water pressure from an ordinary garden hose.
The granite sphere was a gift to the City of Kent from the Rotary Club of Kent and the Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005.
Valued at over $500,000, it took two years to fabricate. Stuart Kendall of Seattle Solstice made a large in-kind contribution to honor his uncle and grandfather, who were lifelong Rotarians.