Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Katy Evans


Chandler O’Leary’s Old Town Dock art installation means you can find every Tacoma-thing you love in one convenient location

Originally published June 2013.

chandler oleary droplet 2You may have realized by now that many of us Post Defiants will fixate, obsess, and go on and on about our favorite things. (We’ve added this process to our mission and now have standardized the practice for maximum obsessive output; you’re welcome!) This little piece is no exception to this rule.

I am delighted, captivated, and thrilled by Chandler O’Leary’s recent public art installation in Tacoma.

A partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma, Old Town Dock on Ruston Way has not only been restored and made accessible, it has also been accessorized chandler oleary dropletin a very Tacoma way.

Chandler created 24 “droplets,” small permanent circular tiles peppered around the dock that reward the explorer who discovers them with a window (or porthole) into some of our favorite surrounding Northwest aspects.

A droplet may feature a ship pulling into the Thea Foss Waterway, a young Tacoman discovering a sea shell, or a curious seal peering out of the Puget Sound.


The restored Old Town Dock celebrated its grand opening in 2013 and I recommend you get there, enjoy this public treasure, and do some droplet exploring. Find them all! (For the summer of 2015, the droplets grace the Post Defiance site background, courtesy of the artist and the City of Tacoma.)

Can you find every droplet on the Old Town Dock? Image use courtesy of the City of Tacoma and Chandler O'Leary.

Can you find every droplet on the Old Town Dock? Image use courtesy of the City of Tacoma and Chandler O’Leary.

Chandler O'Leary designed this chicken-tastic water bottle exclusively for the Tacoma Co-Op.Oh, and, off droplet topic – did you know that the charming, chicken-emblazoned, Washington-made, metal water bottles at the Tacoma Co-Op were also designed by Chandler? And that these bottles are limited to only 200? Just thought you should know.


Photos courtesy of Chandler O’Leary


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Founder and Co-Managing Editor at Post Defiance, Katy writes and fundraises for Tacoma. Follow her @katynicoud.

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