Created and Sold by Gregory Fields

Gregory Fields
Public Sculptures by Gregory Fields seen at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego - Pollinators
Public Sculptures by Gregory Fields seen at Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego - Pollinators
Image credit: First image by Arts Council of Lake Oswego; others by Gregory Fields



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Featuring colorful relief carvings, this glazed ceramic and steel pillar sculpture honors the quiet insects and birds that tirelessly contribute to the renewal of many plant species. About 30 percent of agricultural crops grown throughout the world depend upon these small creatures for their reproduction. In addition, butterflies light up our gardens with their beauty and bees add sweetness to our lives with the many flavors of honey they produce.

The honey bee (Apis mellifera) highlights the front of the pillar. The carvings represent the honey comb, a queen bee surrounded by worker bees, the various stages of the egg and larva growth, and the bees feeding on the nectar and gathering pollen from flowers in the sunlight. The back side of the pillar features butterflies, primarily the monarch (Danaus plexippus). The monarch egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adults in flight are depicted in the carvings. At the top are found a swallowtail butterfly (Papilionidae) and its face, and lastly a Parnassian butterfly. Alternating profiles of a moth and hummingbird grace the two sides of the pillar.

Glazed ceramic mortared and grouted to cement backer-board attached to welded steel support. 97" x 8.5" x 7.5"; base is 24″ x 24″ x 1/4″ steel plate.

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Gregory Fields

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I love to play in clay, exploring natural and abstract forms that take shape on welded steel pieces, as tall pillar sculptures, or in colorful ceramic murals.

I was raised in San Francisco, surrounded by art as my father was a painter. After school, seeking some inner truth, I lived in a monastery for two decades. The influence of that contemplative life pervades much of my work even now. Drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I moved to Seattle in 2003. There I studied sculptural anatomy with Kim Beaton and discovered the wonderful properties of clay. I received my first public art commission in 2008. I now live in Louisville, Colorado near the majestic Rocky Mountains, striving to push beyond my artistic limits.

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