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Community Foundation Selects Artist for Weatherwax Project

Oriented towards drivers approaching on Simpson Avenue, the wave begins to swell from the left, cresting towards the middle, and then tumbling on the right. This unfolding movement works naturally with the directional flow of the traffic, and is designed to not impinge on any sight lines for driving visibility and safety.
The panel was particularly impressed with the scale of the proposed artwork and its potential to serve as a dramatic and iconic symbol for the community. The panel also felt that this work would captivate the imaginations of both local residents and visitors – perhaps even engaging passers-by to stop and pose for photos with the wave. The poetry of the piece and its smart and elegant use of the salvaged stone also appealed to the selection panelists.
Adam Kuby is an artist known for collaborations with the built and natural world that aim to foster a sense of connectedness in our increasingly fractured environment. In his art practice he strives to provide an opportunity to explore how human activity and natural systems can better coexist and how art can promote a deeper sense of place. Examples of his past work can be found on his website.
Approval to proceed with implementation of the artist’s proposal is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th, with presentations to the Aberdeen Arts Commission, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation Board and the Aberdeen City Council. The Arts Commission review will occur at 4:00 p.m. at the office of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. At 5:00 p.m. a special Community Foundation Board of Directors meeting will be held to present the recommended proposal including a scale model of the proposed artwork. At 7:00 p.m. the presentation will be made to the Aberdeen City Council.
The consulting firm, 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, has been working with the Grays Harbor Community Foundation and City of Aberdeen since May 2011 to ensure that this artist selection process is successful and models best practices in the field of public art. Cath Brunner from 4Culture will represent the recommended artist and present the artwork proposal at the July 11th meetings.
If approval is received by the Foundation Board, Arts Commission and the City, the project will begin this summer. The City of Aberdeen will provide physical improvements to the Simpson Triangle site prior to the artwork installation in consultation with the artist.
For more information about the project contact Cath Brunner at cath.brunner@4culture.org or (206) 296-8680 or Tom Quigg, Chair, Aberdeen Arts Commission, tomquigg@windermere.com or (360) 533-6464.
The GHCF is a 501(c) (3) with a mission: “To improve the quality of life in the communities
throughout Grays Harbor County.”

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