Friday, March 30, 2018

Auburn #Art - #SaturdaySnapshots

I took advantage of a brisk sunshiny day to check out some of the public art in downtown Auburn, WA. The city displays sculptures that change annually, most of them along Main Street, along with several permanent installations. (I previously posted photos of some of the permanent sculptures HERE.) More info about these creations (as well as links to the artists) are on the city's website. I've included descriptions of these works beneath each picture. Click on photos for a closer look.

Artist: Jenny Ellsworth
Title: Hoppy
Medium: Old metal shovels

Finding nature's form in recycled material is Jenny Ellsworth's passion. "Hoppy" was created with over 80 shovels. The piece also lights up at night!  
(FYI: Hops were a major crop in the Auburn/Kent area of Washington in the past.)

Artist: Sharon Agnor
Title: Living Water
Medium: Cast glass and stainless steel
This sculpture is a contemplation of our dependence on water for life. It is also a celebration of water’s life giving properties, abundance, and the spiritual renewal it can bring.  Subjecting glass and steel to extreme heat brings changes to the materials that enhance their beauty. Agnor enjoys the undeniable parallel between this process, and the effects life has on us as we move forward.

Artist: Ben Dye
Title: Icarus
Medium: Stainless and steel
"Icarus" is another step in the artist Ben Dye’s exploration of "form". The biggest challenge in working with flat plate is to give it shape. Dye’s approach to this challenge is to quilt the exterior of the sculpture.

I couldn't find anything about this specific "story pole," but I believe the artist is Garth Edwards. 

Because this artwork was located on street corners, I found it difficult to separate the sculptures from the busy backgrounds. I need to do more experimenting with my camera to learn how to blur the background and focus only on the subject. Regardless, taking these pictures was a fun excuse to get out of the house on a beautiful day.

Saturday Snapshots is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. 
To participate: 
Post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky on West Metro Mommy Read's website (link: HERE) Photos can be old or new and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.


  1. Impressive. Thanks, Sandy. What won't people think of next.
    Shovel art, even!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Colleen. I'm amazed at the way artists think. Who would look at a bunch of shovels and think "hops?"

  3. They are all wonderful - so great that you have this changing artwork in town! I especially liked the water sculpture and Hoppy - couldn't believe it was made of old shovels - it really looks like hops!

    Thanks for sharing -


    Book By Book

  4. I love the "Hoppy" sculpture, too, Sue, and I'm delighted that my town supports artists in this way.

  5. Gorgeous sculptures! Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.

  6. Thank you, Laurel-Rain. I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. I had a great time discovering the sculptures.


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