Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist.
Artwork copyright Sumi Wu. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist. Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist. Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist. Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist. Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist. Artwork%20copyright%20Sumi%20Wu.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist.

Documents

Sky Machine, 2007

Sumi Wu
(American, born 1967)

Location: Clark College, Vancouver

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The suspended Sky Machine sculpture, by artist Sumi Wu, takes gears – mechanical objects that are usually heavy and made of dense materials – and turns them into airy, nearly invisible objects. The function of the gears in Sky Machine is to interact with light and air. Wu reflects that "Perhaps it reflects the urge in each of us to be released from the confines of our physical limits." The gears in Sky Machine also refer to the single gears at the dawn of human technology, as well as to the gears used in the latest technology and in our cars, bicycles, and everyday life.



Sky Machine and its partner artwork "Urgent Messages" were created for buildings at Clark College where Wu herself learned to weld. The artworks reflect the technical nature of the subjects studied in the Applied Arts building complex.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Portland, Oregon-based artist Sumi Wu is a sculptor, welder, potter, costume designer, theater set designer, and dancer. Her artworks often focus on ideas about science and technology.

Wu grew up on a farm in Eastern Washington and in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Studies from Stanford University in California, after starting in the physics department. She went on to study pottery, sculpture, and drawing at the University of Alaska and welding at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Sculpture - plastics / acrylics / polyesters

Medium

Cast clear acrylic and stainless steel

Dimensions

16 1/2 in x 52 in

ID Number

WSAC2005.036.001A-H

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Oregon

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Clark College

Artwork Location

Clark College
Applied Arts Building 4 (AA-4), east end, stairwell

WA County

Clark

Setting

Interior

Site Type

College

Address

1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Geo. Coordinates

45.632957 | -122.650861

Before Visiting

Some artworks may be located in areas not accessible to the general public (especially in K-12 public schools). Consider contacting the site prior to a visit to ensure access.

Map

To report an error or provide additional information, please contact us at collections@arts.wa.gov.