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The Textures of Memory, 2007

Stuart Nakamura
(American, born 1953)

Location: Hanford High School, Richland

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

The Textures of Memory by Stuart Nakamura is inspired by the colossal Ice Age floods which tore through the Columbia River basin tens of thousands of years ago. These massive glacial floods created the hills and cliffs that we see today in South Central Washington. Researching the geography and history of the area, Nakamura was especially captivated by the idea that there could be a sound to those floods. In his own words, he "felt the sound texture of the flood water had to be expressed visually, and therefore the image of stampeding horses came to mind." Another factor in the artwork's horse imagery, is the romanticized names of the area's landforms such as the Saddle Mountains and Horse Heaven Hills.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist Stuart Nakamura creates sculptural, site-specific artworks inspired by the cultural history, location, and character of each setting. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1977. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - mixed media

Medium

Wood, aluminum, steel, and mixed media

Dimensions

40 in x 60 in x 14 in (each, 4 parts)

ID Number

WSAC2006.011.00A-D

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Richland School District

Artwork Location

Hanford High School
Commons

WA County

Benton

Setting

Interior

Site Type

Public School

Address

450 Hanford St.
Richland, WA 99354

Geo. Coordinates

46.325621 | -119.267653

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