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Fractal Tree Archway, 2010

Paul Sorey
(American, born 1956)

Location: Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist Paul Sorey created Fractal Tree Archway for the entrance to the Science Building at Skagit Valley College. He used fractal branching patterns to form the trees. Fractals are a mathematical concept that explains many natural forms. In this branching structure, each part of the tree is identical in form to the other parts. The parts get smaller in scale and rotate in space as the branches extend. Sorey used a 3-D computer model to experiment with the length, angle, and scale of the branches. He notes, "I am fascinated by the branching structure of trees found throughout nature, by the many roles of trees in ecosystems, and by their symbolic, psychological and space-creating significance to humans."

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Seattle-based artist Paul Sorey creates sculptural installations for public spaces. His artworks are inspired by natural forms and geometry. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture from Bethany College in Kansas, he studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, receiving a second Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University. He received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Medium

Stainless steel

Dimensions

15 ft x 24 ft (each tree)

ID Number

WSAC2007.044.00A-B

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Skagit Valley College

Artwork Location

Skagit Valley College
Angst Hall, north entrance on east side of building

WA County

Skagit

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

College

Address

2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Geo. Coordinates

48.436185 | -122.310737

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