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Key Grove, 1990

Clark Wiegman
(American, born 1960)

Location: Franklin High School, Seattle

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist Clark Wiegman used Benjamin Franklin as his inspiration for his installation Key Grove . Nine larger-than-life keys comprise the installation. He modeled the sculptures after 18th century barrel keys like those Franklin could have used in his experiments with electricity. They are located at the entrance Plaza of Franklin High School. Describing the ideas that Key Grove can "unlock," Wiegman asks the viewer to think about keys as metaphors for discovery. He notes, "Keys to language, learning and education reside just beneath the surface. Writers utilize key words and phrases. Musicians play in a certain key or on keyboards. Artists work with keys to color and composition." In 2012, the installation was "yarn bombed" by students and teachers to surprise the school's principal. Wiegman celebrated this imaginative engagement with the sculptures.

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

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Clark Wiegman creates artworks for public spaces. His works respond to their surrounding culture and environment, and focus on collaborative placemaking. They include temporary projects, sound and light installations, and sculptures made from a variety of materials. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and art from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1983.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - coated metals

Medium

Galvanized steel

Dimensions

66 in x 405 in

ID Number

WSAC1989.049.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Seattle Public Schools

Artwork Location

Franklin High School
Outside front school entrance

WA County

King

Setting

Exterior

Site Type

Public School

Address

3013 S. Mt. Baker Blvd
Seattle, WA 98144

Geo. Coordinates

47.576556 | -122.292893

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