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The Torch: A Northwest Fire Theft, 2013

Steve Gardner
(American, born 1968)

Location: South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Steve Gardner's glass installation The Torch: A Northwest Fire Theft is a Puget Sound version of the Prometheus myth. In Greek mythology, Prometheus steals fire from the gods to give it to humans, an act that allows progress and learning. In this Puget Sound version of the Prometheus myth, the hero is female and she brings her torch down from Mount Rainier to give fire (and knowledge) to everyone. Above her, in the sky, are constellations of the Puget Sound region: a salmon, a Salish style canoe, and an eagle. The hero is also made up of connected stars, as if she has descended from the night sky. The flame of her torch creates a circle of light, which is filled with symbols of learning and exploration. Many of these symbols relate specifically to the academics of South Puget Sound Community College: farrier's tools, poetry, the molecular structure of water, Douglas fir cones, a circuit board, a DNA helix, a transmission valve body, and more.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Seattle-based ceramic artist Steve Gardner creates relief and free standing sculptures, as well as other three-dimensional artworks in a variety of materials. He received his Bachelor of Arts in art and biology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and his Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - glass

Medium

Laser cut aluminum and kiln cast glass

Dimensions

26 ft x 27 ft x 1 in

ID Number

WSAC2012.020.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

South Puget Sound Community College

Artwork Location

South Puget Sound Community College
Building 22, north bay curtain wall

WA County

Thurston

Setting

Interior

Site Type

College

Address

2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292

Geo. Coordinates

47.023496 | -122.929896

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