Created and Sold by Gloria Bornstein

Gloria Bornstein
Public Sculptures by Gloria Bornstein seen at Olympic College - Shelton Campus, Shelton - Field of Wishes

Field of Wishes

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Field of Wishes


Olympic College, Shelton, WA

The sculptural environment of five dandelions in varying phases of transformation was originally designed for the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

The artwork developed during the artist’s first visit to the facility where she saw perfect lawns bordered with flowers planted in military precision. There was not a single weed - unlike her messy garden. She was then directed to design an artwork that could not be climbed on, used as a weapon, or used to hide behind. The artwork represents the artist’s response to the prison environment, representing her impressions of chaos, order, hope and restraint.

The artwork could not be installed as planned and was installed as the centerpiece of the Olympic College campus where it offers wishes of hope and beauty to students and faculty.

Stainless steel: 13’ H x 3’ W
Commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
Fabrication credits: Fabrication Specialities

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Gloria Bornstein

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Born in the Bronx, NY, Gloria Bornstein attended Hunter College (cum laude 1958), worked in Atelier 17, Paris (1963) and received an MA in Psychology from Antioch University (1979). From 1979-81 she taught performance and developed the interdisciplinary art program at Cornish College. She taught sculpture and public art at the University of Washington from 1991-2005. The artist practiced psychotherapy for 21 years from 1980-2001. She joined Fuel Gallery (1988-91), showed “Still Life” at the Seattle Art Museum (Documents Northwest Poncho Award 2002) and “Public Document” at The Jewish Museum, NY. Her retrospective, “Retelling, Gloria Bornstein 1975-1998” was exhibited at the Bellevue Art Museum. Her public art commissions are placed on the campus of Eastern Washington University, The Seattle Center, Regional Communications and Emergency Coordination Center, Harborview Medical Center and the Azabu Juban neighborhood, Tokyo. She received multiple awards including, the first 2017 Sola Grant, a Washington group that "honors one female artist over 65 for her lifetime contribution to the arts and rewards her energy, vision, persistence, and dedication to maintaining creative momentum over the long haul". Past awards include AIA Project of the month (2009), Design Excellence Award, (2005), Seattle Artists Awards (1993,1995), Artists Trust Gap (2001), Art Matters (1990), Artist Trust Visual Arts Award (1990), Socrates Sculpture Park (1990).

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