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Continuity, 2008

Phillip Baldwin
(American, born 1953)

Location: West Valley High School, Spokane Valley

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Master metalsmith Phillip Baldwin created five elegant wrought iron guardrails to decorate a staircase at West Valley High School. The artwork Continuity is inspired by the fact that the Spokane Valley community saved the Gothic Revival stonework from the old high school and re-used it into the new school. The wrought iron panels use imagery from the original stonework to show different aspects of human development: pine boughs represent nature; an owl represents wisdom; a peacock represents the arts; a bald eagle represents courage and action; and an oil lamp represents the spirit of humanity and the universe. Baldwin used blacksmithing techniques that have changed little since the late Middle Ages (in the 1400s). He notes that "The overall effect is that of a historic work, though not as a reproduction."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with West Valley School District.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Phillip Baldwin is a Washington-based metal artist and craftsman. Many of his sculptures were created using the Japanese "Mokume Gane" technique. He notes, “The use of decorative laminated metals is still in its infancy and I find this a heartening thought. It means that the world of mokume will always be fresh, new and fun.” Baldwin received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Medium

Wrought and fabricated mild steel

Dimensions

Five parts (two panels each), 30 in x varying widths of 17-39 in x 1 1/2 in each part

ID Number

WSAC2007.007.00A-J

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

West Valley School District, Spokane

Artwork Location

West Valley High School
Along the two staircases leading from the hallway to theatre

WA County

Spokane

Setting

Interior

Site Type

Public School

Address

8301 E. Buckeye Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99212

Geo. Coordinates

47.683840 | -117.291738

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