In 2015, design work began on the County-City Building's West Entry Canopy project. From the beginning, it was the vision of Facilities Management to incorporate metallic artist designed panels into the way-finding railing system of the canopy.
It was also the desire of the Pierce County Arts Commission to incorporate public art into a construction project, as they have done in the past, specifically the silver leaf shaped fencing that was incorporated into the plaza project just left of the West entrance.
The collaborative effort of Pierce County Facilities Management and the Pierce County Arts Commission has been realized with the recent installation of 11 metallic panels in the LED lit railing system. The panels are composed of individually bent flat bars creating a wave pattern that flow from one panel to the next.
The artwork that has been installed in the West entry canopy railing features a geometric fluid wave created out of bent steel flat bar. Each panel has a varying wave pattern to imply movement, which represents the ebb and flow of building occupants. At night, the existing rail lighting highlights the steel bends and casts stimulating shadows. This art has been designed & fabricated in collaboration with Eric Edwards.
About the Artist
As an artist/architect Chris Spadafore, LEED AP, explores the connections between the built environment and people. He produces works in a large variety of media, including blown glass, metal, wood, ceramic, and plastic. He received a BFA and BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has completed both public and private commissions as well as displayed art in various galleries. From 2006-2008 Chris served on the Tacoma Art Commission. In 2000 Chris started his own professional art studio, Studio Two Five Three which has since transformed into SA Studio, LLC (2010). Chris is a local artist from Lakewood.