Portland artist Adam Kuby recommended for Simpson Triangle artwork
Portland-based artist Adam Kuby has been recommended to create artwork within The Simpson Triangle in a project funded by the Grays Harbor Community Foundation.
An artist selection panel issued an open call to artists in January and selected three finalists to create proposals. The panel reviewed those proposals on June 18th before recommending Kuby. The panel’s recommendation will be considered on July 11th by the Foundation Board, Aberdeen Arts Commission and the City Council.
The artwork is intended to honor the legacy of the Weatherwax family and inspire both residents and visitors within Grays Harbor. Each of the finalists were asked to incorporate sandstone blocks previously installed on the façade of Aberdeen’s J.M. Weatherwax High School as a significant feature of the artwork.
The Simpson Triangle, formerly home to the Doughboy statue, was chosen for the memorial because it serves as a highly traveled site between the business districts of Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
Adam Kuby’s proposal was a project he calls “Resurgence.” The artwork repurposes all of the available sandstone into the form of a large, cresting ocean wave. Four of the scroll-shaped sandstone blocks serve as the crest of the 64-foot long wave.
If approval is received by the Foundation Board, Arts Commission and the City, the project will begin this summer.
Prior artwork from Kuby – “Quarry Rings” Providing Bird & Bat Habitat in Lake Union