City purchases cedar carvings as public art
November 9, 2010
The city has added the carved cedar poles outside City Hall South to a burgeoning public art collection.
“Forest Carvings,” by Seattle artist Steve Jensen, has adorned the lawn outside the municipal building since August 2009 on a temporary basis.
City Council members decided to make the arrangement permanent Nov. 1, and authorized the city Arts Commission to purchase the piece for $12,000. The cost included installation by the artist.
The sculpture consists of three 8-foot, carved cedar poles of naturally felled wood. The artist, the descendant of Norwegian fisherman and boat builders, used chisels passed down from his grandfather to create the sculptures.