Sunday, May 27, 2007

Thom Ross' Art on the Beach

Some pretty fabulous art on the beach this Sunday morning. I'll try to get more specifics to post later. Each figure looks to be at least 10 feet tall and there are 20 of them. When the art is finished there will be 120 figures and it will be exhibited near San Francisco.

More info about the story behind the art work can be seen at West Seattle Blog

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! You may be interested in this poem by Richard Hugo (1923-1982).

    Alki Beach
    by Richard Hugo

    Clams and barnacles clatter
    black and white in the first feet
    of a new tide. By old piles
    perch gleam, slide by flexing
    men o’war. Bathers urge
    the summer to their skins
    and water climbs in air
    to hurt their eyes. Gulls
    echo in two-note screams to the south
    of pioneering winds, the moment
    a ferry spawns waste.

    Where whites first landed
    is forgotten. Spray,
    abandoned, falls from the statue
    by the marked-off, unused picnic grounds.

    A love begins: a beer can, tossed,
    stops rolling where waves
    can barely reach. And a love is ended
    or it never started: one man,
    his coat too dark for the day,
    where waves will never reach, remembers
    what descended where the bubbles are.

    from A Run of Jacks (1961)

    Incidentally, the West Seattle Library will be hosting a conversation about Hugo’s work next Sunday (June 3) at 2pm. More info at:

    ~Kreg, Student Librarian, West Seattle