Created and Sold by Foster Willey

Foster Willey
Sculptures by Foster Willey seen at The Shops at West End, Saint Louis Park - The Bee Way 2009

The Bee Way 2009

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"The Bee Way” is a unique sculptural plaza and gathering space. It is set in the retail complex the “West End” and pays homage to the regional history of the City of St. Louis Park and the honeybee. “The Bee Way” consists of two cast stone columns, inset with a honeycomb relief pattern and terra cotta tile. At the top of the columns are kinetic “Swarm Sculptures”, fabricated aluminum elements that represent the whirling flight of bees. These lyrical abstract forms move on a central axis when activated by the wind. A bee wing bench compliments the two columns. Honeycomb paving runs through out the plaza and unifies the sculpted elements. The plaza is dramatically lit for night viewing by in-ground up lights and LED lights at the top of each column. The beehive barbecue (or fireplace) built in the late 30 “s by the WPA, inspired ““The Bee Way””. The project involved collaboration in many areas, including community outreach that involved children making tiles. Commissioned by the City of St. Louis Park, Duke Realty, Anderson Real Estate

Welded Aluminum, Terra Cotta, Cast Stone, Powder Coated Steel, LED Lighting, Paving / 66’ L x 33’ W x 22’ H

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Foster Willey

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."