Metal baskets by Oregon artist Christine Clark selected for Waypoint public art

Stacked metal basket forms with interwoven patterns drawn from local cultures will be installed at the Waypoint in Winslow this summer. 

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Christine Clark at the Waypoint on Winslow Way, the site of the island’s next public art installation. The works will feature stacked metal basket forms interwoven with patterns from cultural heritages central to island history.

The design by Portland, Ore., artist Christine Clark has been selected as the island’s newest public art feature, after a juried process led by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge in partnership with the city.

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The stacked metal baskets will each stand 10-14 feet high.

Clark’s artwork will include a series of stacked, woven metal vessels with patterns reflecting “cultures of people and place.” The vessels will be double-walled, with each inner basket displaying patterns drawn from heritages central to island history including Suquamish, Scandinavian, Filipino and Japanese.

“Reflections of our island’s ethnic heritage emerged as a desirable element for this installation during the jury review,” said Sandy Fischer, chair of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Public Art Committee. “Christine’s beautiful designs speak to our island history and will enhance the Waypoint dramatically.”

The paired works will each stand ten to 14 feet high. They will be positioned on the west side of the Waypoint, within the sightline of visitors approaching from three directions.

Clark’s commission wraps up a six-month juried process that drew proposals from nearly 40 Pacific Northwest artists.

A professor and department head at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Clark is an accomplished artist who specializes in curvilinear and volumetric forms.

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Sandy Fischer of the Public Art Committee with Christine Clark at the Waypoint.

She described her approach to art as “embedding a little bit of history into daily life.” “History is such an important part of who we are, and is often taken for granted,” Clark said. “It enriches the attitudes of our inhabitants and makes one appreciate where they came from and where they live.”

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved a $42,000 fabrication and installation contract at its March 22 meeting. The contract is funded by city’s public art fund and administered by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.

The Waypoint was created in 2012 at the southwest corner of Winlsow Way and SR305, with funding from Bainbridge Island Rotary, the city, and numerous private contributors.

The landscaped pedestrian way features decorative benches, extensive native flora, glass mosaics and other treatments. A public art installation has been sought to complete the setting.

Clark’s works are expected to be installed by autumn.

Additional funds are being sought to enhance the installation with lighting, and to cover the cost of hosting community events there.

Now in its 30th year, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is designated as the steward of the city’s public art program.

AHB’s Public Art Committee includes Fischer, Carl Sussman, Cris Beattie, Dominique Cantwell and Mathew Curry.

The jury included Waypoint designer and internationally renowned architect Johnpaul Jones; local artists Maggie Smith, Gayle Bard, Peggy Weiss, Laurel Wilson and Barbara Kowalski; collector Karen Conoley; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art director Greg Robinson; and City Council member Anne Blair. Jury chairs were Bill Baran-Mickle and Dianah Jackson.

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Christine Clark and partner Mary Blankenburg demonstrate the installation’s placement, and scale, at the Waypoint.