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Artwork copyright Michael Dennis. Photo courtesy of Washington State Arts Commission.
Artwork%20copyright%20Michael%20Dennis.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20Washington%20State%20Arts%20Commission.

Documents

Elders, 2004

Michael Dennis
(American | Canadian, born 1941)

Location: Olympic College - Poulsbo, Poulsbo

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Michael Dennis used salvaged cedar from old growth logging sites to carve these sculptures for Olympic College in Poulsbo. The artwork aims to honor dwindling old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and the generations of Native peoples inhabiting the local area.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Olympic College.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michael Dennis creates figurative sculptures in cedar and bronze. His studio is located on Denman Island, part of the gulf islands of British Columbia, Canada. He states, "I try to capture the essence of human gesture from a tree using only the minimum definition required." Born in Los Angeles, He received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1963. He received a PhD in neurophysiology from Stanford University in California in 1967. He served as a professor of neurophysiology at University College London and University of California Medical Center, before moving to Denman Island in 1980 and dedicating himself to his artistic practice.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - wood

Medium

Carved cedar

Dimensions

108 in x 144 in x 96 in

ID Number

WSAC2003.077.00A-C

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

British Columbia, Canada

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Olympic College

Artwork Location

Olympic College - Poulsbo
Exterior location outside main entrance

WA County

Kitsap

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

College

Address

1000 NW Olympic College Way
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Geo. Coordinates

47.764963 | -122.663288

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