AERIE

2012 • US Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Seattle, WA

Limestone, stainless steel, concrete, rubble, cobble, shells. 9’ x 17’ x 17’.

Aerie is comprised of twenty stone ovoids, nested to create a formal tetrahedral geometry. The sculpture represents a restorative engagement between natural and built systems. The 360-pound ovoidal spheres are carved from limestone, which is commonly used for monuments, construction to mitigate acidification of rivers and oceans. Geological events and human interventions that have occurred along the Duwamish River are expressed in layered strata of a concentric gabion, which serves to frame the sculpture. The sculpture is sited on landfill of what was once a meander of the Duwamish River and symbolizes an aid to navigation for the evolving stewardship role of the Army Corps of Engineers.


Commissioned for the United States by the General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program.

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