Blue Heron Donor Wall

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Client: Audubon Society

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team

Client

Gail Gatton

Audubon Society

Artist

Mark Ditzler

Benson Vess Metal Fabricator

Overview

The heron sculpture was designed to honor donors using a modular tile system supported by a stainless steel frame. The modular system allows more donor tiles to be added as needed. The sculpture was also built for a high-traffic area where durability was important.

Goals

The goal was to create a pleasing symbol for the center which is located near the lake shore. We also wanted to choose a symbol that represented the water environment and a dramatic bird to reinforce the Audubon center's mission of educating the public about birds and the environment. The glass and steel were chosen as pleasing materials.

Process

This project required close communication between my studio and the metal fabricator to insure proper fit of the glass parts to the metal frame.