The Artists at Play children's playground at the Seattle Center was commissioned by the City of Seattle and funded by Center Art LLC. A collaboration with sound artist Trimpin, landscape architects Site Workshop, and playground equipment specialists Highwire, Inc., resulted in an innovative interactive play space featuring unique musical instruments, stories about sound written by children, and 135 bronze castings embedded in the pavement and integrated into the sound sculpture.
The Waterways Map in the Great Hall of the Everett Station depicts a bird’s-eye view of the graphic juxtaposition of land and water around the City of Everett. A bronze casting of the Everett Station is located at its site on the map. The initial research to create a concept for the design of the floor of the Great Hall took Judith Caldwell high into the air over Everett. From a small plane three thousand feet above the city, she beheld an amazing pattern of land and water. The tiny boats visible from the sky that day are expressed as a collection of 29 historic vessels in cast bronze inlaid into the water portion of the map. The light that sparkled across the land and water is reflected by mother-of-pearl and colored glass in the richly hued terrazzo.
Rainbrella and Raindrop Plaza
Media: Cast Bronze, Copper-nickel pipe, metal stains, colored concrete
Dimensions: Plaza 12’ x 12’ plus path; sculpture 144” x 48” x 36”.
Commissioned by: The King County Housing Authority for the Greenbridge Housing Development
The Rainbrella garden bench and umbrella reference an adjacent Bioswale, which drains storm water from the Greenbridge development. There are Bioswale plant images and text on the umbrella and an illustration of the water cycle on the oval bench. The plaza color mirrors the bright hues of nearby buildings. Local school children provided answers to this question, visible on the edge of the bench seat: “Hello Raindrop, Where in the World Have You Been?” Their sentences were cast into 43 bronze raindrops of varying sizes, and inset into the orange raindrop-shaped plaza and its curving pathway. This small park is located across the street from an Early Learning Center and one block from an elementary school.
Blue Sky Baskets
Dimensions: 120” x 32” x 32”; 136” x 48” x 48”; 140” x 36” x 36”
Media: Cast bronze, Copper-nickel pipe, metal stains
Commissioned by: White Center Community Development Association, and funded in part by the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
Three unique cast bronze baskets referencing the history of human migration are set on three copper nickel columns. The columns are studded with 75 small unique bronze castings intended to represent old-fashioned “luggage stickers.” The subject matter for the “stickers” was contributed by community members, especially school children from White Center Heights Elementary School. The “stickers” are polychromed using transparent metal stains.
Mount Rainier Vision Chair
Dimensions: 88” x 30” x 36”
Media: Cast bronze
Commissioned by: Washington State Art in Public Places Program and the Bethel School District.
This-seven-foot tall bronze “throne” is themed on Mount Rainier. The new Graham-Kapowsin High School for which it was created has a spectacular view of the great peak. Text and images related to the Mountain decorate all surfaces. A bronze “tapestry” wraps the front and sides of the chair, picturing dozens of birds and wildflowers found in the Mount Rainier National Park. The rear of the chair shows a cross section of the volcano, indicating the original outline of the mountain before the eruption that radically changed its contour. The seat depicts the pattern of glaciers on the mountain. The chair revolves 360 degrees in either direction by means of a wheel on the back. The black-tinted concrete pad below the chair is inlaid with bronze castings indicating eight points of the compass.
Dimensions: Twelve panels, 13.5” x 13.5” x 1.5” to 18” x 13.5” x 2”
Medium: Cast Bronze
Commissioned by: Spokane Community College Health Sciences Division and the Washington State Art in Public Places Program
Twelve cast bronze relief panels based on medical postage stamps from eight different countries reflect subject matter addressing the twelve Health Sciences Division course offerings at Spokane Community College. The stamps were selected from a large number gathered by the Artists, in collaboration with the Health Sciences staff and faculty. Each stamp is labeled with plaque listing the country of origin and the date of issue, and interesting facts about the medical field that the stamp is intended to honor or commemorate. The United States stamps are used with permission of the United States Postal Service.
Fire Fighter Memorial Garden
Dimensions: Bronze figure on plinth, 78” tall; bronze bench, 14’ diameter x 15” tall
Media: Cast bronze, copper-nickel pipe, granite
Commissioned by: N. Highline Fire Department and the Beverly Park Community Club
A firefighter in firefighting gear salutes a fallen comrade as he is carried from a fire scene. He and his 45” tall granite plinth are surrounded and embraced by a 14’ diameter bronze bench. The top of the bench evokes the patterns of wood grain and of water, one being the element that is consumed by the fire, the other the element that quenches it. The face of the inner diameter of the bench reads: “This Memorial Is Dedicated To Fallen Firefighters Everywhere. For Those Who Have Given Their Lives in the Service of Others, We Are Forever Grateful.” The bench and figure are surrounded by a small garden of perennials and small trees and shrubs.
These columnar sculptures were created to complement the formal garden designed by ZGF Architects for the entrance of the Everett Station. They represent the three primary phases of industrial development of the City of Everett, dating back to the very early mining, logging and railroad building of the 19th Century (Bronze Pillar), through the "smokestack” period of mills and factories of much of the 20th Century (Iron Pillar), to the aviation and high-tech industries of recent years (Steel Pillar). The sculptures are lit from within at night, and the Bronze and Iron Pillars have extensive text visible on their interior walls.
Dimensions: 325 bronze castings, each 8.5” x11”
Media: Cast bronze, metal stains
Commissioned By: The Washington Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program and Camas Senior High School
220 unique cast bronze “pages” are “posted” on four concrete columns in the commons area of the High School, celebrating the importance of paper in both the history of human culture and the town of Camas, a papermaking center for many decades. Students, faculty and staff of the new high school contributed text and drawings for bronze “pages” that reflect noteworthy quotations, scientific diagrams and illustrations, mathematical formulas, recipes, maps, dance steps, football plays, vintage posters, telegrams, musical notation, and much, much more. 105 cast bronze panels depicting tree bark are fastened to the lower portion of the columns, as a reference to the raw material source of paper and to the architect’s intent that the columns read as trees.
Camas Pages in the studio
Media: Rustic terrazzo, cast bronze icons and text, cast glass
Dimensions: 65’ x 29’ x 15”
Commissioned by: The Quadrant Corporation
The Solstice Plaza was designed to be part of the Quadrant Lake Union Center in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, which has hosted an annual Solstice Parade since 1989. The plan of the Plaza is based on a 17th Century depiction of the earth’s progress around the sun by the astronomer Cellarius. The blue rustic terrazzo pavement is set with four 28” diameter unique bronze castings of the earth in the stations of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as over forty smaller unique bronze castings related to historical and contemporary solstice imagery, and twenty-five cast glass stars. A golden terrazzo planter/circular bench in the center serves as the sun. Cast bronze text set into the top of the planter quotes a passage about the sun and its progress from John Milton’s great epic poem Paradise Lost.
River of Trees
Dimensions: “Stream” approx. 250’ long x 14”-24” wide Four 48” diameter unique cast iron tree grates
Media: cast bronze, cast iron
Commissioned by: Boise City Arts Commission and the 9th and Idaho Building
The River of Trees illustrates the leaves of ten recommended street trees, interspersed with leaves of the two native broadleaf trees for which Boise was named. There are 230 unique bronze castings dance across four 48” diameter unique cast iron tree grates. The artists worked with the Boise Urban Forestry Divisions of the Boise Parks and Recreation Department to select the trees. The goal of the project was to “unite” the street trees that make the city livable with the large broadleaf trees that led to a settlement being founded in that location by French fur trappers. As part of the project, Boise’s Urban Forestry Department published a guide that allows viewers to identify the various species depicted, along with locations that the ten street trees were already growing, so that homeowners could reference the project to select trees for their own gardens and parking strips. The project won a Boise City Design Review Award.
The Big Eye
Medium: Unique Cast Iron
Dimensions: 48" Diameter x 2" thick
Commissioned by: The Bertschi School
The Big Eye is one of two cast iron manhole covers commissioned by the Bertschi School and parent-donors for the new "Living Building" that houses the school's science classes. Judith and Daniel Caldwell also created a series of bronze native salmon for the floor of the classroom, and a collection of bronze beetles for the walls of the greenhouse attached to the classroom. The "Living Building" uses net zero water and energy, and is the first school building of its kind certified in the United States. This diagram of the human eye is intended to reference the way we receive much of our knowledge and learning. The second manhole cover (not pictured) illustrates the water cycle, which relates closely to the design of the building, which recycles or composts all water used on the premises, for nourishing plants in the adjacent greenhouse and garden. Judith is pictured with the iron casting still in its sand mold, at the Morel Industries Foundry in Seattle. Morel Industries generously donated their services to the Bertschi School iron manhole covers project.