Who’s going to let a little rain stop them? Not the new woman in town in Bremerton, Washington.
Dave and I recently delivered our 6-foot sculpture Despite the Rain to Pam Bykonen, Arts Commission clerk for Bremerton and our main contact for the project. Two helpful city workers were there to drill holes in the concrete and place the sculpture on the corner of 5th and Pacific in the city’s re-energized downtown. The sculpture garnered lots of attention as it was being installed. I loved it when an entire preschool class walked by; there’s always something magical and funny when kids talk about art.
The project was funded by Bremerton’s 1% for art program which is administered by the city’s Arts Commission. This particular commission was for seven different sculptures. We found out we were awarded one of the sculptures back in February of 2009, but project holds and contract negotiations slowed the process down, typical in public art, so that actual fabrication didn’t begin until this past April. You can read more background about the project in a previous blog post.
The body of Despite the Rain is fabricated using stainless steel and finished with a clear powder coat. Both the umbrella and puddle are mild steel with bright metallic powder coat colors. This kind of finish will last a long, long time even in Bremerton’s maritime climate.
If you ever find yourself in the Bremerton area, stop and have your photo taken with the new gal in town. If you send me the photo, I will post it on my blog and our Cobalt Designworks facebook page.