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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 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.


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.

 Bartol_Drllevich Ostrich 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. 


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2014-15 Downtown Sculpture Gallery
Artist: Steve Jensenlinks to external site

Title: Dancing Starfish
Metal and Wood, 90" x 22" x 14"

Artist: Stephen Nomuralinks to external site

Title: Anemone
Bronze, 7" x 10" x 4"


Artist: Steve Farrislinks to external site

Title: JOLI 3
Rusted Steel, 95" x 31" x 31"


Artist: Jennifer Kuhnslinks to external site

Title: Fertility
Glass Mosaic, 24" x 18" 


Artist: Greg Bartol and Deborah Drllevich

Title: Silverware Ostrich

Artist: Dan Klennertlinks to external site

Title: Hook Nose Salmon
Found Metal,  


Artist: Ken Turnerlinks to external site
Title: Timeline Theory Reflections
Stainless Steel, 112" x 24" x 24"
Purchase Price: $7,000
Location: Auburn Way S. and Main St.

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.comlinks to external site

2014 People's Choice Award Winner!
Watch My Tail
Patricia Vaderlinks to external site
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.comlinks to external site
 Watch my Tail by Patricia Vader
2013 Peoples Choice Award Winner!

Riparian Totem
Lin Rebolini McJunkin
Fused Glass, Steel
80" H x 20" W x 20" D

This sculpture is permanently be installed near the Auburn Justice Center

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 it? 


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