Design similarities of the unfurling fern frond and the wave inspire this art that speaks metaphorically to the lives of students. As you approach the sculpture the images unfold in sequence, first the fern then a wave building and lastly, another wave releasing. Words are integrated for both texture and meaning. I met with students to include their ideas and chose excerpts from poetry and words that support these three images as three concepts: (1) Becoming and Learning (2) Challenge and Resilience and (3) Creativity and Imagination. The three cross-sections sit on a cement wedge that provides a gathering place. The wedge form is cast in concrete and grounds the slices in an aesthetic that ties in to the architecture.
Location: Bainbridge Island High School
Commission: Washington State Arts Commission