Public Sculptures by Foster Willey seen at Downtown East Lake St Roundabout, Wayzata, MN, Wayzata - Big Water 2017
Public Sculptures by Foster Willey seen at Downtown East Lake St Roundabout, Wayzata, MN, Wayzata - Big Water 2017
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Big Water 2017

“Big Water” is a stainless steel sculpture by Twin Cities Sculptor Foster Willey, recently installed at Wayzata’s east end roundabout as a welcoming gateway to the downtown. Commissioned by the City of Wayzata, the artwork celebrates the elegance and grandeur of Lake Minnetonka, inspired by the natural elements of the Wayzata landscape. The sculpture is a graceful, curvilinear form with a horizontal orientation, derived from the surrounding terrain of lake, land, and sky. The satin color compliments the reflective beauty of the lake and also contrasts the deeper tones inherent in the adjacent development and terrain. It is carefully scaled to the site and stands approximately eight feet tall. It’s concentric form and animated composition has the feel and movement of waves and water. The sculpture is dramatically lit for night viewing, with up-lighting on the exterior and color changing LED lights on the interior. Treasured and protected for its abundance, Lake Minnetonka is regarded as a spiritual land by the Mdewakanton Dakota Native Americans. “Big Water” is the English translation of the Dakota word “Minnetonka.”

Meet the Creator

"I have been creating work in the public art realm for the past twenty years. My work encompasses large-scale projects for various municipalities and design settings including commissions in bronze, fabricated metal, pre-cast concrete, terra cotta, and stone. I am very interested in the built environment as a context for public art; where sculpture and design meet to enrich daily life. My work as a public artist is adapted to the specifics of the opportunity. As a sculptor, I am able to bring a range of design and fabrication skills to any public art project. My sculptural designs supplement a collaborative process that includes a community’s voice.

I am committed to the role of public art as the synthesis of artistic vision, community and urban design."

Available for commission/custom work