The Public Art Committee’s selections for the first round of outdoor sculpture are on display and the polls are open for the People’s Choice Award!
Have you noticed the bold new sculpture art around town? It’s Something New, brought to Bainbridge Island by our Public Art Committee. The three sculptures in the first year of this exciting exhibition are: Hand in Hand by Will Robinson (installed at Waterfront Park); Three Color Spires by Gerry Newcomb (in the harborside plaza at the southern end of Madison Avenue); and Iris Flare by Lin McJunkin and Milo White (along Winslow Way near its intersection with Ericksen Avenue). The pieces were officially unveiled at the First Friday Art Walk on July 6. These engaging works of art will enrich our community spaces until summer of 2019.
You are invited to cast a ballot for your favorite piece. If you haven’t seen the sculptures yet, make sure to do so ASAP, then tell us which is your favorite! Voting is open through December 31, 2018. Ballots may be cast online or in person. Vote online here! Paper ballots can be found and submitted at AHB’s office in the Marge Williams Center or at Bainbridge Island City Hall. The recipient of the People’s Choice Award will be announced in early 2019. In addition to the prestige of being voted the community’s favorite piece, the award includes a $1,000 prize.
Something New aims to provide both a dynamic public art experience and an ongoing opportunity for sculptors from around the Pacific Northwest to exhibit their work. The project brings a collection of sculptures to three outdoor sites around Winslow for a yearlong exhibition. The concrete pedestal installed at each site will be permanent. However, the artwork on display won’t be! Instead, a new collection of sculptures will be selected and rotated in annually, offering Bainbridge Island “something new” year after year.
A jury of PAC-nominated community members selected the first pieces in this project from a sizable a pool of submissions. Nearly thirty sculptors from around the Pacific Northwest submitted their work for consideration. “We wanted each of the chosen sculptures to make a statement appropriate to their specific locations,” said PAC Chair Carl Sussman. “There were many truly beautiful and exciting pieces, so it was hard to choose only three.”
About the artwork:
Hand in Hand, Will Robinson:
Towering basalt columns and imposing granite boulders morph into sensuous, challenging forms and fountains at the hand of Robinson, an award-winning sculptor. Robinson’s passion for innovation and his pioneering use of diamond cutting tools continues to yield works with dramatic compositions and textures that invite discovery. “My work is primarily in stone,” says the artist, “creating sculptures with natural elements interwoven with worked surfaces. I aim to draw in the viewer, inviting them to touch and interpret their meaning from the work.”
Iris Flare, Lin McJunkin and Milo White:
Metal sculptor Milo White & glass artist Lin McJunkin create outdoor public work that blends their aesthetic & technical strengths. Their sculptures greet visitors in several places around the Pacific Northwest. Milo is an expert in computer design, plasma-cutting, metal layering, and patinas. Lin has 35 years’ experience as a glass artist, with work in private & public collections around the world. The team focuses on the play of light on layered, cut-out metal forms and thickly-cast glass, and their work centers on the intersection between science & art.
Three Color Spires, Gerry Newcomb:
Newcomb works with kiln-cast glass to form large architectural panels, wall murals, sculptures, light fixtures and tables. These pieces invite people to explore them from many perspectives, with both their eyes and their hands. They play with light to produce colors and shapes and they speak to the forms around us. “I have always been working with the idea of a sinuous curve or wave form,” says the artist. “For me, it is an elemental form occurring in nature.”
PAC’s 2016 project “Tribute Baskets” by Portland artist Christine Clark exemplifies all the benefits of public art. Located just off the ferry in Waypoint Park, the sculptures represent four cultures (Suquamish, Japanese, Filipino, and Scandinavian) of historical significance to Bainbridge Island. Clark’s pieces beautify a prominent public space with eye-catching symbols of our community’s living history.
The artist said her vision was “to have the sculptures nestle nicely in the garden-scape of Waypoint… and become residents of the park, quiet observers watching people walk past while subtly holding the island’s rich history, welcoming people home while also greeting newcomers.”A professor and department head at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Clark is an accomplished artist who specializes in curvilinear and volumetric forms. 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,” she said. “It enriches the attitudes of our inhabitants and makes one appreciate where they came from and where they live.”
About the Public Art Program
Artist Roy Adzak once said, “Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” That statement holds the answer to why we need public art in our community.
We believe Bainbridge Island needs public art. Cities gain cultural, social and economic value when they integrate art into their public spaces. Public art also distinguishes Bainbridge Island as a unique and culturally active community. Perhaps most importantly, public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces.
The City’s Public Art Program is administered by AHB’s Public Art Committee (PAC). Find out more about this partnership by visiting COBI’s website.
PAC is responsible for proposing new works to the City Council, assisting with design and implementation of installations, and advising the City on maintenance of the existing collection. The Committee meets monthly.
2018 Public Art Committee members include Carl Sussman (chair), Susan Arens, Sandy Fischer, Bill Baran-Mickle, Grace Harris, Sean Parker, Steve Rabago, and Mike Seidl.
If you are interested in volunteering as a committee or jury member, contact email@example.com.
Bainbridge Island’s Public Art Collection
Click here for a list of the Bainbridge Island Public Art Collection.
Artists of our Public Art Collection
Phillip Baldwin | Gayle Bard | Christine Clark | Patrick Crogha | Craig Jacobrown | Devin Johnson | Virginia Keyser | Carolyn Law | Robert Lucas | Steven Maslach | Mesolini Glass | Bruce Myers | Erin Shie Palmer | Cecil Ross | Maggie Smith | Kristin Tollefson | Michele G. VanSlyke | Elizabeth White