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2016-17 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

The City of Auburn's Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases ten outdoor sculptures in various sizes, types and mediums. Primarily located along Main Street, the sculpture gallery changes annually providing different artwork for Auburn residents to experience and enjoy.

Check out the 2016-2017 sculptures and Vote for your favorite!


Artist: Karsten Boysenlinks to external site
Title: Daphne
Medium: Metal
Purchase Price: $6,500
Location: B Street SW and Main Street

Artist Karsten Boysen’s “Daphne” sculpture, made from galvanized culvert with a green powder coat, is meant to reveal the dynamics of existence. With the materials, each selected twist, bend and crumple represent the piece returning to a natural state, and emulates nature and is the essence of nature. 


Artist: Ken Turnerlinks to external site
Title: Costume
Medium: Polychromed Steel
Purchase Price: $7,000
Location: A Street SW and Main Street

Through artist Ken Turner’s execution of “Costume”, he shows an investigation of movement in his piece. Movement implies change, and change implies time. Through every moment in time, there are three dimensions; color, texture and space to explore. This sculpture may seem timeless, but it is just a longer lasting form of star dust

Cougar on the Run Artist: Steve Tyreelinks to external site
Title: Cougar on the Run
Medium: Bronze
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: 1st Street NE And N. Division Street

For artist Steve Tyree, sculpting wildlife has always come natural to him. Whether it’s identifying birds, or being fascinated by animals in their natural habitats, he has wanted to re-create that beauty for others to experience. With this piece, “Cougar on the Run”, it’s meant to inspire interest and a love of nature. The cougar and his natural poise will emanate grace, strength and beauty of all animals.

Aspire Artist: Dale Reigerlinks to external site
Title: Aspire
Medium: Glass
Purchase Price: $5,000
Location: 10 E Main Street

Integrating world travel and international business, artist Dale Reiger’s work has been focused on kiln formed glass, described as primitive elegance. This piece , “Aspire”, was designed to reflect the visual language of the artist’s and is one of precision and the ultimate surrender to liquid fire.

Pendent Mandala Artist: Ken Halllinks to external site
Title: Pendent Mandala
Medium: Steel and Fused Glass
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: 10 E Main Street

Inspired in part by the Croix du Niger, artist Ken Hall creates “Pendent Mandala” from steel and fused glass.  This piece is an ode to the Tuareg silversmiths of the Sahara and Sahel and the 21 oases/towns in Niger, West Africa to which the croix pay homage. The artist would like to thank Kathleen Heidenreich for her glass work.

Gear Ball

Artist: Jenny Ellsworthlinks to external site
Title: Gear Ball
Medium: Metal Gears
Purchase Price: $3,900
Location: E. Main Street and Auburn Ave.

With the use of heavy duty truck parts, positioned in a large sphere, “Gear Ball”, created by artist Jenny Ellsworth is meant to represent the thinking mind. Ellsworth hopes that this piece, amongst others in her collection, will lift the spirit and expand the minds of people.


Artist: Roger Smalllinks to external site
Title: Worship
Medium: Mild Steel
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

Soaring over 8’ high, the metal abstraction reaches for the sky.  Roger Small, a Burlington based painter and sculptor, uses corten steel and steel to express the world through his eyes.



Joie de Vivre

Artist: David Varnaulinks to external site
Title: Joie de Vivre
Medium: Bronze
Purchase Price: $9,950
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

In his sculptures, David Varnau strives to capture your interest from all sides of the piece. It reflects the moments of our lives when all is well, our senses are heightened and we feel the grace of being alive.


Artist: Steve Tyreelinks to external site
Title: Hawk
Medium: Bronze
Location: Auburn Way S. and E. Main Street

This work was selected to be the 2016 Purchase Prize Winner!

Steve Tyree creates sculptures that encourage the love of wildlife. With years of travel experience and wildlife filming, Tyree forms bronze and steel to represent animals in their natural habitat. “I'd like my work to encourage the love of wildlife.  To bring back fond memories of times when one might have seen wild birds or animals up close or in the their natural habitat.” - Steve Tyree

Salmon River Goddess

Artist: Pat McVaylinks to external site
Title: Salmon River Goddess
Medium: Carved Red Cedar
Purchase Price: $9,500
Location: D Street NE and Main Street

Artist Pat McVay, through a fallen cedar from a storm, has depicted the gentle spirit of nature and the lifecycle of salmon in his piece "Salmon River Goddess". The Goddess is the protector of the Pacific salmon, where she watches over them when they first set out to sea, follows them until they become adults, and is there for them again when they give life to the next generation.




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Artist: Peter Hazellinks to external site
Title: The Hatch
Purchase Price: $9,975, Commissions available
Location: B St. SW and Main St.

Artist Peter Hazel's work is a larger-than-life ode to the symbol of the Pacific Northwest. As a ceramic, glass, steel and mosaic artist, he transforms a public space with his intricate, colorful creations.


Artist: Lloyd Whannelllinks to external site
Title: Silent Watcher VI
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: A St. SW and Main St.

Artist Lloyd Whannell has been working in stone for 20 years. The Silent Watcher VI evokes feelings of peace and serenity and was inspired from 3rd century B.C. Etruscan bronze figurine called "Shadow of the Evening".

 mcvay Artist: Pat McVaylinks to external site
Title: Salmon Romance
Purchase Price: $9,500
Location: 1st St. NE and N. Division St.

Artist Pat McVay, of Whidbey Island, began his career in the arts over 30 years ago in Paris. Later moving to the Olympic Peninsula he expressed his love of the natural environment through large scale wood carvings of fallen trees.

Lin McJunkin 

Artist: Lin McJunkinlinks to external site
Title: The Sea, Within
Purchase Price: $4,500
Location: 10 E Main St.

Both an artist and a science educator, Lin McJunkin blends her two interests into sculptures that reflect and advocate for the health of our planet and its inhabitants.


Artist: Francisco Salgadolinks to external site
Title: Anima Eterna
Purchase Price: $4,600
Location: 10 E Main St.

Having moved from Mexico to Oregon to learn English in the mid 80's, artist Salgado focused on creating public art that evokes a sense of place. He explores pure expression and energy through the creation of abstract figurative forms.


Artist: Joe Burleighlinks to external site
Title: Mer ka ba
Purchase Price: $3,500
Location: East Main St.

Mer=Light, Ka=Spirit, Ba=Body
The Merkaba is a geometric construct of 24 equilateral triangles. In Ancient Egypt this primal pattern was called Mer-Ka-Ba and represented a rotating light that was believed to transport the spirit and body from one world into the next. This kinetic sculpture balances on a central axis, representing the rotating field of energy.


Artist: Steve Tyreelinks to external site
Title: Hawk
Purchase Price: $8,000
Location: B St. NE and Main St.

Steve Tyree creates sculptures that encourage the love of wildlife. With years of travel experience and wildlife filming, Tyree forms bronze and steel to represent animals in their natural habitat.


Artist: David Reid-Marrlinks to external site
Title: Corinthian Nest
Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic and Mixed Media, 11" x 24"
Purchase Price: $10,500
Location: B St. NW and Main St.

Artist David Reid-Marr blends bare, rusting steel into white powdercoated steel rods as a critique and reflection on the natural origins of Western culture.

 Ken Hall

Artist: Ken Halllinks to external site
Title: Naissance
Welded Mild Steel, 46 x 24"
Purchase Price: $9,500
Location: Auburn Way S. and Main St.

Naissance is playful and visually appealing with vibrant fireworks bursting from the vase. Steel artist, Ken Hall individually hand crafts each of his unique sculptures, and creates movement and energy from strong steel structures.

 walking warrior

Artist: Sharon Agnorlinks to external site
Title: Walking Warrior
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: D St. NE and Main St.

Walking Warrior documents the transformative journey of the treatment and survival of breast cancer. The steel and glass armored figure leans forward to boldly face the future, with whatever may come.


The "People's Choice" competition for 2015-16 have been tallied, and congratulations to Peter Hazel's The Hatch who received the most votes via online survey, and in person event ballots. The People's Choice winner receives a cash award.

The purchase award, as recommended by the Arts Commission takes the "People's Choice" into consideration and other factors.  This year, the purchase award goes to "The Hawk" by Steve Tyree. The sculpture will be re-sited and become part of Auburn's permanent public art collection.

The Downtown Sculpture Gallery was partially funded through Local Revitalization Financing funding received from the State of Washington and 4Culture King County Lodging Tax. Watch the 2012 Artist Interviews Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery Video