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Rain Scale, 2009

Gary Bates
(American, born 1946)

Location: Green River College, Auburn

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Rain Scale is an interactive kinetic sculpture by artist Gary Bates. It is made up of a 36-foot arch spanning a pond, topped by an 18-foot diameter hollow ring. The ring collects rain water and eventually tips over, cascading a shower of water into the pond below. The artist notes, "Water is the starter of this piece and gravity is the motor."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Green River Community College.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Montana-based sculptor Gary Bates creates kinetic sculptures for public spaces. His artworks feature elements that respond to or are moved by the surrounding landscape and environment. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Sculpture - interactive / technology / kinetic

Medium

Steel and stainless steel

Dimensions

26 ft x 48 ft x 18 ft

ID Number

WSAC2005.009.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Montana, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Green River College

Artwork Location

Green River College
Retention pond near Tech and Science Buildings

WA County

King

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

College

Address

12401 SE 320th St.
Auburn, WA 98092

Geo. Coordinates

47.312343 | -122.178939

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