by Janine Unsoeld
The City of Olympia and members of the city Arts Commission tonight hosted a grand opening for a new round of public art currently featured on Percival Landing. Twelve loaned sculptures along Percival Landing, from Bayview Thriftway to Budd Bay Café, are on display.
The public is invited to vote for the 2013 People's Choice Sculpture Award from today through August 31, using ballots located along Percival Landing. The sculpture with the most votes will be purchased by the City of Olympia and installed in another location following the exhibition. Olympia residency is not required to vote, however, it is required that all sculptures be viewed in person before your ballot is turned in.
Tonight, Cynthia Mitchell and Haneen Aibak indicated that they were both impressed with "Throes," a steel and bronze sculpture by Willow Wicklund. The artwork evoked emotion in Aibak.
"I wish I was taller so I could see his face," she said. "The fact that he's looking up means hope, or maybe he's looking for his friend, an alien," Aibak laughed.
"No, hope," she decided after further interpretation. "Hope that the clouds will clear, the sun will shine, and the rays will embrace my face."
For more information, contact Stephanie Johnson, City of Olympia Arts & Events Program Manager, Park, Arts and Recreation Department, at (360) 709-2678 or go to www.olympiawa.gov/plinth.