Public Art City of Shoreline #21: Wood Wave

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wood Wave
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave NE
Donation to the City by Dr. Bruce and JoAnn Amundson for placement at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden as an interactive art piece 2013

Wood Wave  Bruce Johnson, artist. Redwood and copper.

Artist’s statement: I have been working with salvaged old growth redwood for four decades My interventions as a sculptor with the raw wood are significant yet subtle. My goal is to honor the scale and vitality of the material and at the same time transforms the raw and often fractured material into contemporary abstract sculpture. My affection for wood has grown over the years, as has my understanding that the forces and patterns of nature are revealed in the gestures and intricacies of the wood.

You are invited to touch and to clamor over the Wood Wave. It is this tactile and kinesthetic experience that a book or a flat screen cannot provide. Some knowledge is learned and some is absorbed. Wood Wave is old growth redwood and lived for 1000 years. Wood Wave is an elder and a witness and one of the longest-lived species on the planet. We can find wonder in the swirling roots of the Wood Wave and recognize that these patterns are ubiquitous through out nature. We can find wonder and that is the essential point.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


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