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Documents

Factual Fictions, 2007

Tom Foolery
(American, born 1947)

Location: Haller Middle School, Arlington

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Factual Fictions by artist Tom Foolery pays tribute to the small town history and community of Arlington, in Northwest Washington. The miniature cityscape combines old and new, the real and the imagined – as well as lots of puns and wordplay – as if it is all one big event. There are true references to the annual experimental air show (third-largest in the U.S.) and to the popular Rubber Duck Dash. The ghostly canoe and paddler in the sky is a nod to the spirits of the original Stilliguamish people. The Iver Botten dry good store was a real local business, while See's Saws Logging Supplies "Keeping Arlington Sharp" is a fictional business. The artist notes that everyone will find and see different things from the community's past and present, and that "we are all individuals with a unique perspective and something to contribute".

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

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - mixed media

Medium

Miniature mixed media environments

Dimensions

57 in x 67 in x 23 in

ID Number

WSAC2007.008.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Montana, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Arlington Public Schools

Artwork Location

Haller Middle School
Secondary student entrance - Corridor display case

WA County

Snohomish

Setting

Interior

Site Type

Public School

Address

600 East 1st
Arlington, WA 98223

Geo. Coordinates

48.192298 | -122.121449

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