Patrick Robinson
Miguel Aparicio and Dan Johnson from LP Tile of Bellevue (though they are both from West Seattle) were busy installing the first 269 tiles on the Recognition Wall at the Seattle Chinese Garden on Monday, Dec. 19. The 30 foot long by 6 foot tall wall when completed will display more than 500 tiles. INSET: Two examples of tiles purchased and already placed on the wall.

Seattle Chinese Garden tiles are going up on the Recognition Wall

The Recognition Wall at the Seattle Chinese Garden saw donor tiles go up on its 30 foot length on Monday, Dec. 19 as Miguel Aparicio and Dan Johnson from LP Tile from Bellevue worked to place and space them properly.

The two sided wall sits just southwest of the Knowing the Spring Courtyard which was dedicated May 15.

The first 269 tiles purchased by donors (with some as commemorative gifts) were being set with a fast-setting thinset and were covered at night with thermal blankets for the curing process.

Tiles ordered by early supporters have been inscribed and were mounted on the wall in mid August.

Prices range from $200 to $600 depending on the size of the tile and number of lines included. There's still time to order a tile for Christmas and the SCG will issue you a certificate if you order or visit them.

There are two primary sizes; An 8 inch x 4 inch and 8 inch x 8 inch. The $200 8 x 4 tile is $200 with 2 lines and an additional line is $100 more. The order form contains the guidelines but in general the limit is 20 English language characters per line. Six lines on the larger tile is $600.

They recommend an inscription such as "In memory of" or a name and place of birth. Payment can be made via check or credit card (though not Amex).

Tiles are made of green granite stone and have gold engraving.

When completed the wall will contain more than 400 tiles on both sides of the structure. The eastern side is called the Cascade side and the western side is the Olympic side. There will also be a cover or top piece for the wall, architecturally consistent with the adjacent courtyard.

The tiles are 100% tax deductible. If you have questions about the tiles or the garden, please email or call the Seattle Chinese Garden office at 206-934-5219.

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