Percival Plinth Project

PLINTH noun \'plin(t)th\

Plinth at Percival Landing1) In architecture, a plinth is the base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests.

2) On Percival Landing, plinths are the sculpture stands which form the basis of an art and performance promenade along Olympia's waterfront.

People's Prize Competition

Every year, the plinths at Percival Landing host a new selection of loaned sculpture by local and regional artists. A community vote is held and the sculpture that receives the most votes is purchased for permanent display at another location within the City.

Sculpture not awarded the People's Prize is available for purchase at the completion of its exhibition. Please contact the artist directly for purchase inquiries.

How to Vote

To be eligible to vote you must pick up an official ballot at Percival Landing and personally visit each of the displayed sculptures. Ballots may then be submitted at The Olympia Center, the weekend drop-box, or by mail.

View Previous Years Plinth Entries: 20112012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015


Loaned Sculpture Currently on Display

Serpentine Progression by Ken TurnerSerpentine Progression

Artist: Ken Turner

Medium: Stainless Steel

Location: 4th Avenue, East end of bridge


These works are meant to delight the eye and foster thoughts of time, space, and change.

Contact: kenturner2@juno.com | kenturner-art.com


Philosopher by Kevin AuPhilosopher

Artist: Kevin Au

Medium: Steel

Location: 4th Avenue, East end of bridge


My sculptures are made with sheet metal. So far, I have utilized steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. I would characterize my works as modern abstract organic. I like to keep the lines simple and fluid. I use computer 3D drafting to design the sculptures and develop patterns from it. The patterns are then transferred to metal, assembled, welded, grinded, and finished.

Contact: 206.232.5977 | kevinau01@gmail.com | kasculpture.wordpress.com


Leaf Totem by Lin McJunkinLeaf Totem

Artist: Lin McJunkin

Medium: Kiln-Carved Glass & Powder Coated Steel

Location: Water Street & 4th Avenue


As an artist and science educator, I create work that advocates for the health of our planet and its inhabitants. I focus the heat of my commitment, as well as that of my kilns and welding torches, to transform glass and steel into sculpture related to the effects of our behavior on the environment. For exhibit in public areas, ¼" glass sheets cut to fit metal shapes are slumped over fiber molds to emboss narrative designs on the back of the panels. Graceful steel frameworks support the glass. I design my work to first seduce viewers with its beauty. Then, a closer look engages them in important social and environmental issues to inspire actions that will help solve our problems while we still can.

Contact: 360.941.6742 | lin@mcjunkinglass.com | mcjunkinglass.com


Reflective Balance by Cyrra RobinsonReflective Balance

Artist: Cyrra Robinson

Medium: Steel Sheet

Location: Water Street & 4th Avenue


The natural phenomena of growth, pattern, repetition, movement, and change compels my art. While utilizing the most durable mediums I can acquire, I examine geometry, symmetry, and organic forms that create a dialogue between form and material. My work explores the compounding diversity of communication, specifically how it conforms and informs the intersecting communities we choose to organize ourselves in. I believe that practicing the art of communication is key in unlocking the inner workings of how to function together, wiser, stronger, and kinder.

Contact: 409.529.6004 | cyrra.robinson@gmail.com


Coming Home by Leo OsborneComing Home

Artist: Leo E. Osborne

Medium: Bronze

Location: State Street Pavillion


To let it all flow through me...the mind and spirit goes and the tool walks alone, I become the simple vehicle within which the creative source conveys its sacred, inner being. To be in the constant flow and rhythm of the dance is my true ambition and desire.

Contact: 360.293.4685 | milkwoodstudio@hotmail.com | leoosborne.com


Prelude by Ken TurnerPrelude

Artist: Ken Turner

Medium: Stainless Steel

Location: State Street Pavillion


These works are meant to delight the eye and foster thoughts of time, space, and change.

Contact: kenturner2@juno.com | kenturner-art.com


Open Sea by Brandon ZeboldOpen Sea

Location: Brandon Zebold

Medium: Hand-Cut Steel

Location: Near Harbor House


I believe that art can stimulate and add to the human experience whether it is a grand statement or an intriguing subtle surprise. Of all the media I have explored, steel has offered an exciting range of shapes and surfaces to draw on. Often I use reclaimed and recycled material from scrap yards. The chalkiness of the welder's soapstone pencil I use lends itself to the fluid drawings that are added, subtracted, broken, and blended on the steel forms. In an effort to capture the organic free associative tapestry of drawings I began hand cutting them out of the rugged yet yielding steel with an oxy-acetylene torch. Recently I started using a plasma cutter which allows me to make sculpture out of stainless steel, bronze and aluminum. The process of rendering the drawings became a natural springboard into sculpture, with all its powerful sensibilities of dimensional touch, scale, light and shadow. The drawings become sculpture and the sculptural forms inspire drawings.

Contact: 206.427.0036 | brandon@zeboldstudios.com | zeboldstudios.com


Feather Totem by Lin McJunkinFeather Totem 2 - Raven

Artist: Lin McJunkin

Medium: Kiln-Carved Glass & Powder-Coated Steel

Location: Olympia Avenue Plaza


The desire to express beauty, engagement and inspiration for social change is what motivates my work.

Contact: 360.941.6742 | lin@mcjunkinglass.com | mcjunkinglass.com


for which it stands by Grey Brogdonfor which it stands

Artist: Grey Brogdon

Medium: Recycled Steel

Location: Olympia Avenue Plaza


Having traveled and lived abroad for many years. I hope the joy in the creative process found equally from the discovery of found items to their fabrication, casting, building, renovation, painting, drawing, and designing of original works is felt in my finished work. I am invigorated attempting something new and feel most comfortable with challenging mixed media projects where the richness of each element adds vitality to the creative process “for which it stands” is created from recycled steel. This sculpture is fashioned from a brake pad, ring gears, tractor chain and a 1920s street lamp from Olympia WA.

Contact: 360.584.9773 | grey.b@comcast.net


Cabrillo Amarillo by Paul Kuniholm PauperCabrillo Amarillo

Artist: Paul Kuniholm Pauper

Medium: Perforated Steel & Frosted Polycarbonate

Location: Olympia Avenue Plaza


Paul Kuniholm Pauper is a US-based artist active internationally.

Contact: 206.349.2509 | pkp3@uw.edu | paulkuniholmpauper.work


Enlightenment by Grey BrogdonEnlightenment

Artist: Grey Brogdon

Medium: Cedar, Mild Steel & Nickel Steel Bolts

Location: Near Harbor House


Having traveled and lived abroad for many years. I hope the joy in the creative process found equally from the discovery of found items to their fabrication, casting, building, renovation, painting, drawing, and designing of original works is felt in my finished work. I am invigorated attempting something new and feel most comfortable with challenging mixed media projects where the richness of each element adds vitality to the creative process. "Enlightenment" is created from Western Red cedar and recycled steel. This sculpture most humbly honors and symbolizes that creative and spiritual gift at the moment of realization that it is surprising and possible.

Contact: 360.584.9773 | grey.b@comcast.net


Sparrow by Lance DooleySparrow

Artist: Lance Dooley

Material: Bronze

Location: North of Harbor House


My goal as an artist is to portray living things as drawings, paintings, and sculptural compositions to be displayed in public spaces. My training as a fine artist allows me to create compelling visual designs that honor the spirit and physical embodiment of a subject. My artist journey led me to study naturalistic figure sculpting with clay at the Florence Academy of Art. I use my drawing and digital design skills to prototype concept imagery for a client, when creating public sculptures. While much of my work is based on direct observation, I study the mechanical infrastructure and surface forms of a subject for a more comprehensive understanding. This allows me to use anatomical interpolation to reposition a subject for a specific visual or emotional affect.

Contact: 206.313.9993 | lance@lancedooley.com | lancedooley.com


Joie de Vivre by David VarnauJoie de Vivre

Artist: David Varnau

Material: Cast Bronze

Location: North of Harbor House


In my sculptures, what both intrigues and excites me is to successfully create an image that, at first glance, grabs the viewer's attention and carries your eyes along the dominant lines of the figure. It is particularly satisfying for me to succeed in captivating your interest from all sides of the piece. My artistic mission is to generate allegories in bronze that mirror the narrative of our lives. This, in turn, provides you the viewer with a glimpse of your own reflection. Whereas some of my works reflect a tranquility that seems almost eternal, others are very dynamic and kinetic. Some seem lyrical and light hearted, some are grief struck and still others are uplifting, even stirring. But all speak to the human condition and the spectrum of our experience through the compelling beauty and the singular expressiveness of the human body. Thus, while rendering the individual, I attempt to express the universal; while capturing a moment, to convey the timeless.

Contact: 206.947.2767 | david@davidvarnau.com | davidvarnau.com


Dancer S by Kevin AuDancer S

Artist: Kevin Au

Material: Stainless Steel

Location: Near of Harbor House


My sculptures are made with sheet metal. So far, I have utilized steel, stainless steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. I would characterize my works as modern abstract organic. I like to keep the lines simple and fluid. I use computer 3D drafting to design the sculptures and develop patterns from it. The patterns are then transferred to metal, assembled, welded, grinded, and finished.

Contact: 206.232.5977 | kevinau01@gmail.com | kasculpture.wordpress.com


She Dreams of Flying by Leon WhiteShe Dreams of Flying

Artist: Leon White

Medium: Marble

Location: North of Harbor House


This sculpture is a re-work of a sculpture that has always needed something? As with many artists, we get stuck in seeing what a piece needs. Letting it rest until I could see the changes to make a satisfying sculpture. As in all of my stone sculptures the shape of the stone influences the ideas for what may evolve as in this stone - a SWAN. I did not want to sculpt a cliché. I want the sculpture to tell a story, to ponder the title along with the image. Influenced by the story of The Swan Maiden. It was delightful in carving the flowing hair, the many feathers, which are inviting to touch. Her polished graceful face with a pleasant smile, floating along as "She Dreams of Flying".

Contact: 206.922.3241 | leonwhitestudio@comcast.net | leonwhitestudio.artspan.com


Questions?

Contact Stephanie Johnson,  360.709.2678 or sjohnso1@ci.olympia.wa.us