2015-16 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.
A "People's Choice" competition for this year (2015-16) has 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 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.
Artist: Peter Hazel
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 Whannell
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".
|Artist: Pat McVay
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.
Artist: Lin McJunkin
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 Salgado
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 Burleigh
Mer=Light, Ka=Spirit, Ba=Body
Artist: Steve Tyree
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-Marr
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.
Artist: Ken Hall
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 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.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the People's Choice award is the Silverware Ostrich created by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich.
Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite sculpture on display and is the primary factor in the selection of the "People's Choice" purchase of an artwork that will remain in Auburn. Voting closed the last day of June, and in 2014-15 the City collected nearly 700 votes both electronically and by ballot. The "People's Choice" with over 400 votes, is the Silverware Ostrich created by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich. The Arts Commission at the July 7th meeting voted to purchase the Ostrich and plans are being made for the permanent location in which the Ostrich will be sited.
|This life sized ostrich sculpture made from hundreds of spoons, forks and knives is a tongue-in-cheek quest to improve on Mother Nature's design of the ostrich. The project was spearheaded by Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich as a project within the Green River College welding division that is developing a community sculptural program.|
|2014-15 Downtown Sculpture Gallery|
Title: Dancing Starfish
Title: JOLI 3
|Artist: Jennifer Kuhns
|Artist: Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich
Title: Silverware Ostrich
Title: Hook Nose Salmon
Timeline Theory Reflections is about paths that spring from a fixed point, rise up and twist through space. Like little highways the various strands join together, bend apart, then spin around towards unknown destinations. The stainless steel reflects the seasons, the changing light of the day and the moment to moment passing foot and vehicle traffic. Website: www.kenturner-art.com
|2014 People's Choice Award Winner!
Watch My Tail
Powder coated steel and aluminum
Location: This sculpture will be installed in proximity to the Auburn Humane Society along A Street in 2015.
Following the 'unbearable lightness of being' concept to trump life's heavy side, the artist Patricia Vader strives to make art that is imaginative and exciting and filled with motion and light. Website: http://patriciavader.com
|2013 Peoples Choice Award Winner!
Three strands of metal grass form the framework for Lin Rebolini
McJunkin's seven-foot tall sculpture. They are each divided into 3
or 4 sections, with kiln-carved glass interpretations of Native
American Coast Salish designs depicting items important to Auburn's
distant and recent history, including: eagle feathers for the
aircraft industry, hops and berries, the Green and White Rivers,
fish, and a surprise shape for the dairy industry. Can you find
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