I create modern minimalist sculpture with the element of flowing water.
My intent throughout my career as a sculptor is to bring large scale and monumental minimalist art/sculpture/fountains to the widest audience possible. I work in stainless and cor-ten steel sheet which is similar to mild steel, except that it contains alloys that protect the steel's iron and slows the rusting process, while resulting in gorgeous patinas. The fountains I create are dramatic, compelling, scalable and instill a magnetic visceral connection with the viewer and the communities they live in. I've been told by Architects and Landscape Architects that they site my work because with or without water they are dramatic focal points that enhance their surroundings.
Artist Randy Bolander’s commissioned works are held in numerous collections and have been featured in galleries and museums in the Pacific Northwest. In partnership with the Seattle Art Museum, Bolander co-founded and directed the West Edge Sculpture exhibition, WESE, staged in downtown Seattle; the largest independent sculpture exhibit in the Pacific Northwest ( 2003-2007).
Bolander realized the direction he wanted to take his sculpture – interactive and accessible to a wider audience. “I became obsessed with designing the perfect fountain based on minimalist principles. The ideas just kept coming. One concept led to the next and before I knew it MODFOUNTAIN was born. By adhering to modern clean design, I was able to streamline the amount of materials, making modern sculpture available to a broader audience.”
Randy Bolander moved to New York and launched Modfountain.com at the ASLA Landscape Architecture conference in 2013. Modfountains have been included as a sculptural focal point in major commercial and residential projects across the U.S. including: Los Angeles, Dallas, Westport, CT, West Palm Beach, Naples FL, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Fairfax VA.