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Sign Post, 2011

Lead Pencil Studio
Annie Han (American, born 1967); Daniel Mihalyo (American, born 1970)

Location: Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Lead Pencil Studio artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo were inspired to create Sign Post based on the presence of abandoned vintage signs in the nearby neighborhoods. These old signs are reminders and leftovers of Spokane's building boom and commercial growth in the mid-20th century. The 45-foot tall Sign Post sculpture looks like old commercial signs but what is it advertising? The artwork is in the unusual location of a parking lot on the far northeastern edge of campus, near the Music and Performing Arts building. During the day, it points students towards the nearby Riverside State Park and Spokane River. At night, it is brilliantly lit up by LED lights (that only use 90 watts of power) and draws music performance attendees to the night sky. It also features NASA images of the planet Saturn's moon Phoebe and an illustration of harmonic sound waves. These signs underscore the physical sciences, such as physics and astronomy, that explain how sound and light are delivered across huge distances. The artists note that they created Sign Post to remind you "of a sense of place and a link to the past which is fast disappearing".

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lead Art Pencil Studio is an art and architecture collective founded by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo in Seattle. They create site specific installation art and non-functional architecture. Mihalyo says their work is “sort of wedged between architecture -- the practical art form -- and artwork, which is a less practical form of creativity.” Both artists received a five year Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oregon in Eugene.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - interactive / technology / kinetic

Medium

Aluminum, galvanized steel, plastic, paint, and light

Dimensions

43 ft x 12.5 ft

ID Number

WSAC2010.015.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Community Colleges of Spokane

Artwork Location

Spokane Falls Community College
Northeast corner of college campus by Elliott Drive, on the north edge of parking lot P3

WA County

Spokane

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

College

Address

3410 W Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224

Geo. Coordinates

47.679214 | -117.463782

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