The Everett Herald wrote a very nice article about my light sculptures along Hoyt Avenue in Everett's blossoming art district:
New lights shine on Everett's art district | HeraldNet.com - Local news
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I've just installed a new series of 11 light sculptures on Hoyt Avenue in downtown Everett. The commission was designed with the intention of helping to create a vibrant new arts district on 5 City blocks. The Schack Arts Center and Children's Museum are on this street and a beautiful new plaza, designed by artist Linda Beaumont, is nearby. Inspired by festival lanterns and seedpods, my sculptures arch over the sidewalks, making for a festive and iconic visitor experience. At night the sculptures will be lit and will each have a different Gobo light projection on the sidewalk below.
The pieces are reminiscent of Lily of the Valley and mistletoe....
Some photos of our installation on a cold Saturday morning a few weeks ago. Bart Turner of Flying Anvil Studio and Silas Maddox were the ringleaders of the installation. We met at their Ballard shop before sunrise, and checked the straps on the trucks at Dicks before we hit the highway.
With a team of 6 (including the world's best crane operator) we assembled the lights and globes onto the steel part of the sculptures before we started to lift them off the trucks and into place. The folks at the City of Everett (Carol Thomas, Steve Sawyer, Ryan Sass, and Sue Strickland) had everything ready for us and were a great support team on the day of the installation and the weeks prior.
In that our "days" are often lowlight at this time of year, the photo sensors on the poles keep them lit for much of the morning and late afternoon. Here they cheer up the street on one of our gray days.
There are 11 sculptures spanning 5 City blocks from the Library to the Children's Museum.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
“Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again. . . .” Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
In a recent article by Nathaniel Rich for The New York Times, I was inspired by beautiful images of immortal jellyfish.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
A new artwork, entitled "Grove", welcomes visitors to the Kent Municipal Courthouse, as well as acting as a barrier between those entering and exiting, by guiding them through the metal detector. There are two separate sheets of glass here - one with a copper leafed image and one with aluminum leaf - they are held apart by the steel framework.
This view is seen in the waiting room and by those leaving the courthouse. I felt that bringing natural imagery into a sometimes stressful environment would be pleasing for visitors as well as those working here everyday. I worked with representatives from the City in the development of the piece. Cheryl dos Remedios was an excellent project manager.
All photos above: Spike Mafford Photography
|"Grove". 2012 Kent Municipal Courthouse, Kent WA. Steel, sandblasted tempered glass, copper and aluminum leaf. 3.5'-4' high, 14 feet long, 3" wide.|
|Detail as seen from silver/exit side|
|Detail from copper/entrance side.|
These details show the dimensionality resulting from sandblasting the images into the glass prior to leafing.
View of the copper side seen by those entering and by the police behind the counter. By using a translucent material like glass, I was able to bring a long artwall into a compressed space without making it feel smaller - actually opening it up with interest & depth of the materials.
|Shadows made by the branches|
All photos above: Spike Mafford Photography
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Here's a look at the installation process of my recently completed commission for the Kent Municipal Courthouse. The artwork was designed to act as a separation wall in the entrance to the Courthouse, guiding visitors through the metal detector. The piece is made of two 14 foot long sheets of glass upon which imagery of branches have been sandblasted (by Wynia/Rhuby Architectural Glass). I then metal leafed the sandblasted images, one sheet with copper and the other with aluminum. The photo above shows me applying the copper leaf (at Wynia's studio) into the etched grooves created by the sandblasting.
|The copper leafed glass in the studio, ready to be moved to Kent.|
Prepping one of the glass pieces for moving (that's me dusting and fussing).
|Carefully moving the pieces onto the van for the trip from Fremont to Kent.Here you can see each tree panel before they are combined in the final work.|
Installing the two pieces inside the Kent Courthouse. The stainless steel framework was fabricated by Stephen Hirt and Co., and his terrific crew also helped with the installation.