Partially fabricated sculpture using two new materials. Corten steel and Cedar logs. Corten or weathering steel will develop into a rich patina, providing a protective layer of rust. The cedar logs were each individually hand peeled and doweled into place. The tensile strength is a little higher than regular steel and takes a bit more "convincing" as seen in the photo below.
Fabrication almost complete on a new, kinetic, stainless piece. Ready for paint! Untitled at this time...
Junction Plaza Park was dedicated in 2010. Its development resulted from a tremendous community effort that transformed an old gas station site into a park and plaza. The original park design called for the installation of an art piece, but at the time of construction, funds did not allow.
Now funding ($50,000) has been allocated for the creation of a significant piece of public art to be installed at the north/central border of the park. Through an international “call for artists” and formal selection process, West Seattle artist Troy Pillow was selected as the sculptor. Read more about the process at West Seattle Junction Association website.
On Thursday Feb 11, a public meeting was held at Cupcake Royale. Troy was present as were reps from West Seattle Junction Association and Junction Neighborhood Organization. Attendees were encouraged to comment on three designs by looking at printed-out renderings of the design options, and animated versions on ipads.
West Seattle Blog covered the event.
Here are the three designs that are being reviewed.
Posture 5' x 2' x 12" Bronze
Commissioned for a private residential garden overlooking the Puget Sound.Troy created this contemporary bronze sculpture with it's figurative nature to mimic a garden sprite.
"Curl" 9' x 3' x 2' Stainless Steel and Glass. This was a commissioned sculpture for a client located on Mercer Island, WA. It was installed just a few feet from the waters edge of Lake Washington.
"Bends" is a bronze kinetic sculpture installed at a private residence in Bend, OR. The deck overlooks the famous Mirror Pond section of the river in downtown. Troy also has two large scale public sculptures located in Bend. One at Riverbend Park, "Yakaya" is 9 kayaks suspened 30' in the air. The other at the roundabout at 15th and Bearcreek, "Evolution" is a stainless steel kinetic piece. Both sculptures are on the popular Roundabout Art Route. Give them a visit if you are ever in Bend.
Seattle University sculpture class came by to the studio this week to have a talk about topic of running your own studio, construction techniques and my story. We also talked about their project of building an animal habitat sculpture. It's always nice to share with students.
Recently one of my galleries , A New Leaf Gallery, moved into a new location located in Sonoma wine country. They are located at Jack London Square in Glen Ellen, CA. Last week I delivered and installed a few pieces. Their grand opening is May 30th.
The new studio move-in happened this week! Troy is now back in business working on recent commissions. Here’s a look a the finished product.
Two summer 2014 private commissions have reached their new homes, in Michigan and San Diego respectively.
New Studio Update:
The office has reached completion! Featuring blackened steel and glass exterior walls and pre-finished birch panelling on the interior. Troy has also built all of his studio cabinetry. Cabinet interiors are pre-finished birch, exterior will be blackened steel with steel hardware.
For over a decade, I have been creating unique sculptures that capture attention and engage the imagination through simple design and kinetic movement.