Troy Pillow intended the entry sculpture for the Burien City Hall and Library building to be “multilayered, yet simple.” Because of Burien’s proximity to Puget Sound, the artwork references orcas, using lines within the design to mimic an orca fin and a childlike outline of a fish. The artwork also references the Burien Library’s collection of Pacific Northwest materials. The artwork features rounded edges and has a primitive appearance, where the pieces seem to fit together like a puzzle. The artwork also features a “civic layer” to represent the face that the library is visited constantly by the public. Pillow accomplishes this by adding a fugitive quality and focusing on having the scale slightly larger that people size. Pillow states, “Having the scale at 8 feet serves as a welcoming figure that takes on a slightly protective role.”
- Can you find a whale? What do you see in this sculpture?
About the Artist
Troy Pillow creates unique sculptures that capture attention and engage the imagination through simple design and kinetic movement. Inspired by organic forms and sacred geometry, the pieces are multi-layered and deconstructed. The underlying mathematical language can be broken down into numerical sequences that, when charted, create symbols that echo their surroundings and streamline harmoniously into human consciousness. Pieces create a union of ease between modern design and nature, blending fluidly with their environment and elements. The feeling is heightened by kinetic factors that accentuate the shared effects of the environment, as both sculpture and viewer react to the same force. Pillow lives and works in Seattle and has owned and operated a studio since 1995. He studied architectural engineering at the University of Colorado, but his work has primarily developed through experimentation and instinct.
Installed at Burien Library in 2010
Painted stainless steel
King County Library System
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