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Valhalla Wildlife, 2012

Garth Edwards
(American, born 1950)

Location: Valhalla Elementary, Auburn

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist Garth Edwards used the architecture of Valhalla Elementary as the canvas for a series of cut aluminum birds, animals, stars, and a tree. When Edwards first visited the school, he was impressed by all of the wildlife--particularly the birds--that inhabit the school and its neighborhood. The playful expanse of creatures in Valhalla Wildlife transform the exterior of the building and schoolyard into a whimsical and fun space. Valhalla Elementary is very much a neighborhood school. Neighbors noticed when Garth began installing the sculpture, and they were quick to congratulate him and to inquire about the artwork. Valhalla Wildlife is a great example of how artwork can improve a site, create conversation and community, and spark imagination and respect for nature.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Northwest artist Garth Edwards creates playful, figurative works on paper, sculptures, and installations.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - other metals

Medium

Aluminum

Dimensions

dimensions variable

ID Number

WSAC2011.015.00A-D

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Federal Way Public Schools

Artwork Location

Valhalla Elementary
East facade

WA County

King

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

Public School

Address

27847 42nd Ave South
Auburn, WA 98001

Geo. Coordinates

47.351642276423874 | -122.28281237242203

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