> Home > About Auburn >  News and Notices > New Sculptures in the Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery and People’s Choice Winner Announced

News and Notices

New Sculptures in the Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery and People’s Choice Winner Announced

What does a rabbit, a flower, and a feather have in common? They are three of the six new sculptures that appeared in downtown Auburn last week. Initiated in 2012, this outdoor Downtown Sculpture Gallery invites artists throughout the region to showcase their artwork. The sculptures are selected through a competitive application process, and the artwork is on temporary loan to the City for a year.

The sculptures on display are a diversity of styles and techniques including the modern painted steel Jump by Portland artist Francisco Salgado, the recycled and reclaimed metal sculptures of Organic by Jen Ellsworth, Watch my Tail by Patricia Vader, and Hare by Dan Klennert, and the fabricated steel mastery of Ken Hall in Origami #2 – Fuchsia and Kris Vermeer’s Feather.   All together, these sculptures create a unique experience to any downtown visitor. 

As part of the 2012 Downtown Sculpture Gallery, votes were collected to determine a “People’s Choice” award.  The artwork that received the most popular support through votes tallied this past year was Riparian Totem by Lin Rebolini McJunckin.  This artwork will be purchased and permanently sited adjacent to the Auburn Justice Center, adding to the City’s public art collection.  A new “People’s Choice” will be determined for this new slate of sculptures. Voting opportunities can be found online at the City’s Cultural Arts webpage (www.auburnwa.gov/arts) or in City Hall Clerks Office.

To add to the artwork experience, the mobile application StQry (StQry.com) can be downloaded on any smart phone. This application provides a description, artist information and additional pictures of both the temporary artworks and the public artwork collection throughout the City.  This mobile application is downloadable via the QR code on each of the artwork plaques to allow for individuals to access more information if they desire.

Jump by Francisco Salgado

Origami #2 - Fuschsia
Ken Hall

Origami #2 - Fuchsia by Ken Hall 

Fransisco Salgado

City of Auburn, Parks, Arts and Recreation
910 Ninth St SE
Auburn, WA 98002