Sculpture Program

Beaverton’s priorities for permanent sculptures include the commission of large-scale artworks that are highly visible and help build the identity of public places; works that are crafted to a specific site; and those that reflect both a range of artistic media and the diverse nature of the community.

Permanent Installations


"Sun"
Lombard Plaza, SW Broadway St and SW Lombard St, Fall 2016Members of Beaverton Arts Commission standing around free form, metal tubular sculpture. 
"Sun to enjoy; the sun is a joy we all have."
Jesse Swickard

Jesse Swickard has been a self-employed artist in Sherwood since 1999. He has certifications in welding, auto body painting, and structural welding. He has done a number of commissioned pieces, including public and private pieces throughout the Pacific Northwest. Swickard creates these works of art in his 4,000-square-foot studio space, using laser cutting, flame cutting, and hand forming.

"embrace your inner light"
Broadway Plaza, SW Broadway St & West St, Fall 2016
Patchwork metal sculpture with tree limbs etched onto multiple panels.
 

"Inside each of us is a light that shines
It isn’t always visible to others, but it’s always there.
Embrace yours and the brilliance it gives you."

Angela Ridgway

Growing up in Virginia, Angela Ridgway never thought about being an artist. Her goal was logical: go to college and get a good job. But after getting a glimpse of welding in a college course, her interest in metal work sparked. That was her first hands on experience. She was mesmerized by turning metal into a red hot molten puddle. That image stayed with her through college and work in the corporate world in California and abroad. Finally, she enrolled in classes at the community college to learn both welding and metal art techniques.

"Ribbon Candy"
The Beaverton Building at The Round, Fall 2014Sculpture of thin plywood sheeting shaped in curves suspended from the ceiling of The Beaverton Building.
The Beaverton Arts Program installed three works of art created by artist Paul Vexler. The work was funded through the city's 1% for Art Program, which allows the Beaverton Arts Program to commission an artist to create new work specifically for a new or remodeled public facility. Paul used six different types of wood in his sculpture: Hemlock, sapele, old growth cedar, poplar, walnut and vertical grain fern.

"The intent of these sculptures is to provide curvilinear forms that combine color and the organic quality of natural wood. It is also a demonstration of the versatility of the ribbon itself. The contrast in shapes, from flat ribbon candy to almost random uncoiling is proof of the high potential of this type of material. The bending of the material is done in conjunction with its natural strength rather than defeating it and forcing it to take a shape. The smooth curves would not be possible were it not for the material resisting the bending with all of its might. ." ... Paul Vexler

"Three Creeks One Will"
South Plaza at The Round, Fall 2013

Free form, metal, cylindrical sculpture of blue and green at The Round. The art of Devin Laurence Field brings together universal and archetypal symbolism, the vernacular of a given site or culture, and natural forms to communicate ideas about the evolution of the complex relationship between the built environment and the natural world.

"Singing Sky"
City Park, Summer 2010 Free form, painted orange metal sculpture at City Park. 
The Beaverton Arts Program installed a major sculptural work for the city. The work is entitled “Singing Sky”, and was created by Wisconsin Artist Richard Taylor. Richard’s sculpture was chosen from a field of 235 applicants throughout the United States and British Columbia. The playful abstract shapes in the work will inspire the imagination of viewers of all ages and reflect the City’s diversity. With its vibrant, bright orange color and 15′ height, the sculpture is certain to become a prominent landmark for Beaverton.

“I find an excitement and openness in a city such as Beaverton that has a rich blend of people and cultures,” states sculptor, Richard Taylor. “My concept was to suggest the liveliness of diversity in the varying shapes, which makes up the sculpture – to design elements differing from one another in many ways, yet harmonizing as a unified whole. I’m proud to know it will be going to such a wonderful home in the park as it cheerfully overlooks the children who play in the fountain, the shoppers at the Farmer’s Market, and all the residents that congregate in the park for years to come.”

"Just the Two of Us"
City Plaza on the corner of Hall Blvd and Farmington Rd in downtown Beaverton 

Metal sculpture of two stylized figures. Katy McFadden, a local artist whose medium of choice is wood-fired ceramic, submitted a proposal for the call for Temporary Sculpture Installations. Her work was the second selection for the site, but due to popular demand and patron generosity, Katy’s work became a permanent fixture in our community.