City purchases cedar carvings as public art

November 9, 2010

By Staff

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.

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