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Downtown Sculpture Gallery
The City of Auburn's 2018-2019 Downtown Sculpture Gallery showcases eleven 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.

Visitors and locals alike are also invited to vote for their favorite sculpture for the annual People's Choice Award. Voting is open through late July 2019. Ballots may be cast online or in person. Paper ballots can be found and submitted at Auburn's City Hall. The recipient of the People’s Choice Award will be announced in August 2019 and the award includes a $500 prize.

Vote for your favorite!

Check out the 2018-2019 sculptures:

Lucky LadyArtist: Jim Johnson
Title: Lucky Lady
Medium: Welded steel and copper
Purchase Price: $15,000
Location: B Street SW and Main Street


GreetingArtist: Kevin Pettelle
Title: Greeting
Medium: Bronze on steel base
Purchase Price: $7,500
Location: A Street SW and Main Street

Time ManagementArtist: Ken Turner
Title: Time Management
Medium: Stainless steel, aluminum and explosively bonded weldments
Purchase Price: $8,000
Location: 1st Street NE and N. Division Street

Woman in the MirrorArtist: Sandra Hays
Title: Woman in the Mirror
Medium: Bronze
Purchase Price: $8,000
Location: 10 E Main Street

Heirloom HareArtist: Jacob Novinger
Title: Heirloom Hare
Medium: Direct metal sculpture
Purchase Price: $6,500
Location: 10 E Main Street

Fossil IIIArtist: Lin McJunkin and Milo White
Title: Fossil III
Medium: Powder coated steel and cast glass
Purchase Price: $4,950
Location: E. Main Street and Auburn Ave.

Car Part SeahorseArtist: Greg Bartol
Title: Car Part Seahorse
Medium: Metal, recycled and repurposed steel
Purchase Price: $4,500
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

Olé!Artist: Anita Schuller & John Casey
Title: Olé!
Medium: Steel and glass
Purchase Price: $8,500
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

Egg Timer IIIArtist: Rodger Squirrell
Title: Egg Timer III
Medium: Galvanized steel
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: Auburn Way S. and E. Main Street

CirclesArtist: Patricia Vader
Title: Circles
Medium: Steel and aluminum, kinetic
Purchase Price: $10,000
Location: D Street NE and Main Street

Journey Home, 3 ViewsArtist: Joel Heidel and Angelina Marino Heidel
Title: Journey Home, 3 Views
Medium: Powdercoated steel
Purchase Price: $18,000
Location: R Street SE & 29th Street SE

 


2017-2018 Downtown Sculpture Gallery:

The DRESSArtist: Studio B
Title: The DRESS
Medium: Recycled, reclaimed and found metal objects
Purchase Price: $7,500
Location: B Street SW and Main Street

"The DRESS" was created by a collaborative team of artists at Studio B. Inspired by nature artist Terra Holcomb, the artists intended to use recycled materials to reflect the diversity of Auburn, creating something beautiful.


Sharon Agnor Living WaterArtist: Sharon Agnor
Title: Living Water
Medium: Cast glass and stainless steel
Purchase Price: $8,000
Location: A Street SW and Main Street

This sculpture is a contemplation of our dependence on water for life. It is also a celebration of water’s life giving properties, abundance, and the spiritual renewal it can bring. Subjecting glass and steel to extreme heat brings changes to the materials that enhance their beauty. Agnor enjoys the undeniable parallel between this process, and the effects life has on us as we move forward.


Pat McVay Otter MoonArtist: Pat McVay
Title: Otter Moon
Medium: Carved red cedar
Purchase Price: $5,000
Location: 1st Street NE and N. Division Street

"Otter Moon" is carved from a single block of salvaged cedar. It is part of a series where you will find a surprise on the back of the moon.


Jacob Novinger Head Above WaterArtist: Jacob Novinger
Title: Head Above Water
Medium: Mild steel and oil paint
Purchase Price: $5,500
Location: 10 E Main Street

Inspired by the subconscious mind, "Head Above Water" pushes the barrier and begs the question, "Are we all just floating ghost?" Meaning, that are we merely human tapping into a spiritual experience or are we spirit tapping into a human experience? I think "Head Above Water" expresses the realm between both worlds.


Jesse Swickard LinkedArtist: Jesse Swickard
Title: Linked
Medium: Painted steel
Purchase Price: $8,500
Location: 10 E Main Street

"Linked" is all about exploring lines created in the skiing and snowboarding world. The term "link up" refers to finding a perfect line to get down the Mountain. When not welding in the studio, Jesse is often snowboarding in the back country and getting linked up with some amazing ways down.


Miguel Edwards Red EmperorArtist: Miguel Edwards
Title: Red Emperor
Medium: Powder coated steel
Purchase Price: $14,000
Location: E. Main Street and Auburn Ave.

Red Emperor is the second powder-coated steel piece in the artist's Fiore series, and was created specifically for the City of Auburn Downtown Sculpture Gallery. These pieces are currently Edwards' favorite to make as he is exploring new geometric ideas that are a departure from much of his other work.


Jenny Ellsworth HoppyArtist: Jenny Ellsworth
Title: Hoppy
Medium: Old metal shovels
Purchase Price: $2,500
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

Finding nature's form in recycled material is Jenny Ellsworth's passion. "Hoppy" was created with over 80 shovels. The piece also lights up at night!


Ben Dye IcharusArtist: Ben Dye
Title: Icarus
Medium: Stainless and steel
Purchase Price: $4,500
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

"Icarus" is another step in the artist Ben Dye’s exploration of "form". The biggest challenge in working with flat plate is to give it shape. Dye’s approach to this challenge is to quilt the exterior of the sculpture.


Reiger Alexander Rusted IridescenceArtist: Dale Reiger and Scott Alexander
Title: Rusted Iridescence
Medium: Steel and cast iridized glass
Purchase Price: $9,500
Location: Auburn Way S. and E. Main Street

The sculpture "Rusted Iridescence" is a collaboration between Scott Alexander, steel artist, and Dale W. Reiger, glass artist. It is an exploration of the complex relationships of light, color, form and structure using two dissimilar materials.


Stevenson The Old RoosterArtist: Mark Stevenson
Title: The Old Rooster
Medium: Bronze
Purchase Price: $18,000
Location: D Street NE and Main Street

"The Old Rooster" was sculpted in soft plaster over an armature and one of the primary shaping tools was a flat cheese grater! The artist was inspired by a painting by Georges Rouault called "The Old King," a print of which hung in his childhood home. This old king has been beat up more than once, but is still smiling. After all, what is a rooster’s job?


2016-2017 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

DaphneArtist: Karsten Boysen
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.


CostumeArtist: Ken Turner
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 RunArtist: Steve Tyree 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.


AspireArtist: Dale Reiger
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 MandalaArtist: Ken Hall
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 BallArtist: Jenny Ellsworth
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.


WorshipArtist: Roger Small
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 VivreArtist: David Varnau
Title: Joie de Vivre
Medium: Bronze
Purchase Price: $9,950
Location: B Street NE and Main Street

This piece was given the People's Choice award and was also selected for the 2016-17 Purchase Award!

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.


HawkArtist: Steve Tyree
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 GoddessArtist: Pat McVay
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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2015-16 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

hazel_artArtist: Peter Hazel
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.


WhannellArtist: Lloyd Whannell
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".


mcvayArtist: 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.


Lin McJunkinArtist: Lin McJunkin
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.


SalgadoArtist: Francisco Salgado
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.


agnorArtist: Joe Burleigh
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.


tyree2Artist: Steve Tyree
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.


Reid-MarrArtist: David Reid-Marr
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 HallArtist: Ken Hall
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 warriorArtist: Sharon Agnor
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.


2014-2015 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

 

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