The Rippling Wall

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: The Rippling Wall
Photo Credit: David Frankiln; a project of Regional Arts & Culture Council
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

Inspired by ripples expanding across water surfaces, the proximity of Fire Station 21 to a river, and ancient Columbia River Valley petroglyphs this monumental facade extends along the station's west facade. Acting as both antidote and adversary, water ties the river to the work of the fire station in fighting fires and river rescue. The project is also inspired by the building's architecture and transforms the west wall into a monumental urban-scaled sculpture. The interior carved wall piece is a smaller scaled version of the waterjet cut aluminum facade.

PROJECT LOCATION

Municipal Building/Site
Waterway/River
Fire Station 21 is located on the east bank of the Willamette River, a major tributary of the Columbia River that divides Portland into east and west quadrants. The station's west facing catwalk is protected by this waterjet cut aluminum sculpture facade. The carved elm wood wall relief is located in the station's second floor community room.
Fire Station 21
05 SE Madison St.
Portland, OR 97214
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

City of Portland, Portland Fire & Rescue
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Whelton Architecture, KPFF Consulting Engineers, DaVinci's Workshop LLC
Aaron Whelton and David Suttle, Ian Eikanas, Kurt Nordquist
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
950,000
Percent-for-Art
Carving, Metalwork, Site integrated architectural work
Metal, Wood
Dimensions: Exterior artwork: 18' 3" x 92' x 1'; interior artwork: 30' x 9' 6" x 1.75'
2014
2015