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


Loaned Sculpture Currently on Display 


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryThe Three Graces
by Sylvia Perle

Bronze

4th Avenue, East end of bridge

Art begins with visual communication. I express my view of the world and hope the viewer responds. If the art is

visually strong it will involve the viewer emotionally. That is what I try to do in my statues.

Contact: 360.753.3103 | perlestudios@hotmail.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryDaphne
by Karston Boysen

Found Steel

4th Avenue, East end of bridge

Art is all about mystery, stealth and transformation. The recycled metals I use as a materials are selected by a twist, a bend, a crumple - almost as if it is returning to its natural state. The essence of nature - something artists have known from time immemorial -- is the spiral, the DNA twist that imparts life to all things. The spiral animates my art with movement. What we discard today may be the best of what we have tomorrow. As you will notice from the images of my work, there is a strong emphasis on natural inspiration, dynamic processes, symbolic gestures and contextual themes relevant to people and place. My approach is often guided by my direct response to the material - what it suggests to me. That is what becomes the transformation of my personal vision.

Contact: 360.876.3234 | karsten.boysen@yahoo.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryCULTURE - Ring Dance #10
by Don Freas

Steel

Sylvester Street, at Percival Landing

I collaborate with chance and momentary urges, using whim and play to "find" or expose these forms as they come together. I begin fabrication with a gathering of elements, but no idea what the final piece will look like. I just begin. Each part finds its place and orientation based on what has come before. For “CULTURE: Ring Dance #10” I had a supply of three and six inch steel rings, and several long scraps of six-inch and two-inch square tube. I made squares from the square tubes and added a couple dozen channel-iron slices for a straight staple-form. From this complex and extensive pallet of elements the piece began to grow. As the top structure came into being, I imagined a square column to firmly ground its flailing, organic form. The "head-piece" balanced beautifully on top, even before it was affixed. I'm delighted to see what happens as I work my way through this process of risk and improvisation to make real a new form I could not have imagined.

Contact: 360.357.2850 | don@donfreas.com | donfreas.com 


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryThe Gardener
by Louise McDowell

Bronze

Water Street & 4th Avenue

I sculpt because I love it. I love working with a tactile medium creating a three-dimensional, figurative sculpture that is transformed into bronze. Movement and transformation are very much a part of the on-going creation, and is apparent in the final representation of my work. there is a sense of energy going in different directions at the same time. through my experiences I seek to capture soul and story, creating a sculpture that will touch the viewer in such a way that he/she sees with new perceptions and, in a sense, becomes part of the narrative. I wish to create a sense of place. As a sculptor, I create environments and focal points within environments. Much of my work speaks of the interrelationship of life, a rootedness in the Earth and the importance of the environment. Within each piece there are layers of meaning with ecological significance at the core. I seek to inspire observers and stimulate imaginative thought, as well as affirming the human condition.

Contact: 206.782.8648 | mtmcdowell@hotmail.com | louisemcdowellsculptor.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryOlympia Oyster, 2015 People's Prize Recipient
by Colleen R. Cotey

Welded Metal

State Street Pavillion

I am a wildlife artist who specializes in wire sculpture. The majority of my work is centered on relationships in the  animal kingdom, as well as the effect humans have on the creatures of this planet. My aim as an artist is to convey that wildlife is worth protecting. This piece is modeled after my small oysters that have become a crowd favorite. My family has been in the Tumwater/Olympia area since the 1880's and therefore the Oyster holds significant meaning to me as an iconic symbol of my hometown. On a commercial level, the Olympia oysters have been a point of pride in the area since the 1860's, when export industry of the little shellfish first began. Prior to that, they were a staple of the native people of the area and today many in our community continue to work, in one way or another, in the industry. I believe the Olympia oyster is such an enjoyable creature to Olympians because they, like the evergreen trees, represent home.

Contact: 360.561.3142 | crcotey@gmail.com | crcoteystudios.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryTwisted Halo
by Ulrich Pakker

Steel & Bronze

State Street Pavillion

I have always been excited and inspired by the geometry of a ram’s horn.
The strength and durability of this body part is truly an amazing structure for an animal and critical to its survival. Through study and practice I have found this elemental organic shape to be very satisfying to try to work out in metal. Full Curl is just the beauty of that natural shape extended. Full Curl is made of galvanized steel and practically indestructible.

Contact: 206.789.7454 | info@ulrichpakker.com | ulrichpakker.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entrySwirl
by Kevin Au

Painted Steel

Olympia Avenue Plaza

I started metal work since my retirement in 2008. It is a natural progression with my various skills in computer 3D design, tailoring, and welding. I built my sculptures with sheet metal. Each sculpture started out on the computer. A basic concept is modeled in 3D. Numerous adjustments and changes follows the design spiral until the model meets my design goal. Further refinements are made to enable the surfaces to be developable, which means that it could be fabricated with flat metal sheets. Structural stress analysis is then done to ensure adequate strength. The design is then scaled down for a model with card stock paper. If necessary, the design is further adjusted for artistic appeal, or buildability. Only then, full size paper pattern are printed and used as template for the actual sculpture. Through experience, I desire sharp clean edges on my sculpture. That I was able to achieve by multiple passes of the welder with edge grinding in between.

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


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryShorebirds
by Lin McJunkin

Steel & Kiln-carved Glass

Olympia Avenue Plaza

As an artist and science educator, Lin feels compelled to advocate for the health of our planet and its inhabitants through her work. Inspired by Coast Salish carvings, "Shorebirds" features colorful avian mates “kiln-carved” or embossed with eagles, trees, sailboats, and surf-n-turf foods emblematic of life in Olympia. They're edged in black - feathers? oil?

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


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryIris Flare
by Lin McJunkin & Milo White

Steel & Kiln-carved Glass

Olympia Avenue Plaza

For “Iris Flare,” metal sculptor Milo White experiments with the interaction of light on positive and negative shapes in layered, powder-coated metals.  In this collaboration with Lin McJunkin, he added a highly colored and textured cast glass shape to the metal framework, creating a bold floral design that burns with the solar flares known to influence climate changes. Their work invites viewers to question how our behaviors affect the environment we wish to save.

Contact: 360.941.6742 | lin@mcjunkinglass.com | mcjunkinglass.com
               360.391.0505 | peter.willowsteel@gmail.commilowhite.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryGood Dog
by Rodger Squirrell

Steel

South of Harbor House

The two pieces I am exhibiting emerge from my on-going interests in creating organic, approachable art from metals. Torso III is a human scale form that is both abstract and approachable. Penetrated by a stainless steel cone, the oxidizing steel form suggests strength and grace. Good Dog! is a cheerful little fellow.

Contact: 206.450.6664 | metalsquirrell@gmail.com | metalsquirrell.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryTennyson
by Kyle Dillehay

Bronze

Near Harbor House

As I spend time in a place, natural or architectural, I develop a relationship with this space. This relationship influences my mood, my thoughts and my imagination. To communicate these newly found influences to others I create art for that environment. Each site is different and compels me to react with sometimes a very wide range of sculptural styles, but each art piece is linked to the previous image through my processing of the present spatial and visual influences that I have absorbed from each site and the relationships that have formed with me because of these influences. I love to observe people, places, and things and am always fascinated in how people respond and interact. My art is created to offer people an enhanced experience related to a specific site. Often times I try to be subtle with my approach and its placement, rewarding only the more curious willing to search and discover new things about their surroundings.

Contact: 253.232.7377 | kyledillehay@yahoo.com | kyledillehay.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryGreat Catch
by Marilyn Murch

Bronze

Near Harbor House

Wildlife and figures are the focus of my artwork. My surroundings have a lot to do with what inspires me to create a sculpture. The forests, the Puget Sound and the people that live in the Olympia area have influenced each piece. I have always loved to draw and paint when I was younger and now creating sculpture is my passion.

Contact: 360.264.7733 | murchart1@yahoo.com | murchart.weebly.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryA Soothing Melody
by Leon White

Marble & Bronze

Near Harbor House

My focus is sculpture and painting, primarily Stone Sculpture, but I use other mediums as well such as Bronze, Ceramic, Mix Medium. My stone sculptures evolve from the natural shape of a stone. I spend time rolling it around waiting for the stone to speak to me what it wants to be. Keeping in mind the color of the stone, I may see a curve, a point that reminds me of say, in this case, the stripes on the marble reminded me of the stripes on an Indian Blanket. My design followed the flow of those lines creating a blanket-Shaw wrapping around the elder lady protecting the little bird that she found from the blowing winds.

Contact: 206.922.3241 | leonwhitestudio@comcast.net


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryTorso III
by Rodger Squirrell

Steel

North of Harbor House

The two pieces I am exhibiting emerge from my on-going interests in creating organic, approachable art from metals. Torso III is a human scale form that is both abstract and approachable. Penetrated by a stainless steel cone, the oxidizing steel form suggests strength and grace. Good Dog! is a cheerful little fellow.

Contact: 206.450.6664 | metalsquirrell@gmail.com | metalsquirrell.com


2015 Percival Plinth Project entryVenus
by Kevin Au

Painted Steel

North of Harbor House

I started metal work since my retirement in 2008. It is a natural progression with my various skills in computer 3D design, tailoring, and welding. I built my sculptures with sheet metal. Each sculpture started out on the computer. A basic concept is modeled in 3D. Numerous adjustments and changes follows the design spiral until the model meets my design goal. Further refinements are made to enable the surfaces to be developable, which means that it could be fabricated with flat metal sheets. Structural stress analysis is then done to ensure adequate strength. The design is then scaled down for a model with card stock paper. If necessary, the design is further adjusted for artistic appeal, or buildability. Only then, full size paper pattern are printed and used as template for the actual sculpture. Through experience, I desire sharp clean edges on my sculpture. That I was able to achieve by multiple passes of the welder with edge grinding in between.

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


Questions?

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