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They Sailed Away for a Year and a Day, 2010

Cappy Thompson
(American, born 1952)

Location: Tukes Valley Primary School, Battle Ground

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Cappy Thompson's artwork at Tukes Valley Primary School was created with the elementary and middle school-aged students in mind. The artwork is a horizontal frieze of thirty-two painted glass windows in the Learning Resource Center. Half of the windows depict a parade of activities the younger students might undertake in a day, such as reading, riding a bicycle, and playing musical instruments. The other half of the windows represent each of the four seasons with older children, plants, and animals, on four panels. The artist also included herself in the artwork as the woman sailing in a boat shaped like a goose. The title and some of the images are inspired by the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Celebrated Seattle-based glass artist Cappy Thompson creates rich "mytho-poetic narratives" in her vibrant and animated stained-glass artworks. Her site-specific installations draw imagery from myths, poetry, and personal expression. To create her vivid and detailed scenes, Thompson often uses a glass painting technique called "grisaille" where black line drawings are painted on glass, which is then fired in a kiln to make the line drawings permanent. Grisaille has existed since medieval times (approximately 450-1450) and is what you often see in stained glass windows in European churches.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington in 1976. She has taught at art and glass programs around the world from Mexico to Australia to Germany, as well as locally at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - glass

Painting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media

Medium

Vitreous enamel on float glass

Dimensions

2 ft x 50 ft (each half)

ID Number

WSAC2008.024.00A-FF

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Battle Ground Public Schools

Artwork Location

Tukes Valley Primary School
Learning Resource Center

WA County

Clark

Setting

Interior

Site Type

Public School

Address

20601 NE 167th Ave
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Geo. Coordinates

45.763718 | -122.527987

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