Marie Watt, Scott Fife, and Julie Speidel Commissioned to Create Outdoor Artworks for Tacoma Art Museum

Two Art Installations to be Unveiled in Late Fall 2014, Timed with the Opening of the Building Expansion and Haub Family Galleries 

March 18, 2014

 

(Tacoma, WA) – Tacoma Art Museum is pleased to announce that artists Marie Watt, Scott Fife, and Julie Speidel have been commissioned to create outdoor sculptures as part of the museum’s building expansion. The works by Marie Watt and Julie Speidel will be unveiled when the new Haub Family Galleries, which will showcase The Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, open in late Fall 2014…  Julie Speidel will create an installation for the museum’s newly designed lower entrance. Her work is an artistic interpretation of the region’s remarkable geological history.

“Marie Watt, Scott Fife, and Julie Speidel are all well-known to the Tacoma Art Museum community through our exhibitions and their works in our permanent collection,” said Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art. “We are especially thrilled to unveil these installations when we open our new expansion later this year.”

Erratic Repose by Julie Speidel

Julie Speidel seeks to arouse curiosity and wonder through forming a link between the present and a larger history reaching back to geological time. Fourteen thousand years ago, the Vashon Glacier, the last glacier that covered the area, receded, and the meltwater beneath the ice gouged out the fjords that became the Puget Sound. The ice sheets that originated in the mountains of British Columbia lifted boulders and carried them with it from these mountains down to the region. As the glacier melted it scattered boulders, leaving evidence of an enormous energy that reshaped the Northwest.

Speidel’s artistic interpretation of these “erratic boulders” simultaneously refers to the local culture and natural history, inviting the viewer to contemplate the prehistoric past while experiencing it in the here and now. Each erratic stone sculpture, made of painted stainless steel, will draw visitors in from every angle and invite them to walk around, experience, and touch the rock-like sculptures and benches. Speidel’s installation will provide seating and a gracious transition zone from the parking area into the museum.

 

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