Blue Heron Donor Wall - CODAworx

Blue Heron Donor Wall


Client: Audubon Society

Location: Seattle, WA, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team


Gail Gatton

Audubon Society


Mark Ditzler

Benson Vess Metal Fabricator


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.


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.


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