Ambiguous - CODAworx


Client: Oregon Zoo

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team


Rob Ley

Rob Ley Studio


Medium: Powder Coated Stainless Steel
Size: 7’ W x 14’ H x 5’ D
Location: Portland, OR
The work is created from hundreds of small, unique bow-tie shaped elements, each containing 6-8 bends. As a result, the sculpture may be understood both as a large form when seen from a distance, as well as an assembly of many small parts working together when viewed up close. The sculpture is created entirely from bead blasted stainless steel, with a yellow powder-coated interior surface.


Activate public space with abstract representations of early life forms.


This piece takes inspiration from the similarities seen when studying various forms that mark the beginning of life. Seeds, spores, eggs and pollen exhibit fascinating tectonic and textural qualities which are unique to the species, yet ambiguous when compared to one another.