Artwork at Union Ridge

Have you seen the new artwork on the building at Union Ridge?

The wonderful artwork is the work of Garth Edwards, Bainbridge Island artist. He designed, built, and installed all the artwork.

The money comes through Washington State Arts Commission; Art in Public Places Program. It was funded through the 1% for art for public buildings in Washington.

The process took over one year. It started with a selection committee headed by Alan Adams, art teacher at UR, and made up of community members, artists, school teachers and staff, the principal and district superintendent. We met with Michael Sweeny from WSAC, and he guided us through a process of identifying our primary goals for the artwork.

We viewed art from about 75 artists who are on the state registry of proven artists, and then narrowed it down to 22 artists. We all agreed on Garth Edwards as our selection. He made several site visits and shared his designs which we altered slightly.

Garth installed the art last week and we will have a dedication with the artist during Birdfest on Saturday, October 7 at Union Ridge. I will know the time on Thursday after a meeting.

South Ridge also has public art and went through the same process.

— information from Barbara AW Wright

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