Willis Street Gateway, Kent, WA
Provided blacksmithing services for a public art project in the Kent Valley, forging five-foot long steel leaves for mammoth sculptural corn stalks.
Big Corn consists of three 17-foot tall stalks of corn with individual ears nearly two-feet long. This cartoon corn recalls the history of the Kent Valley as a rich agricultural area. Today, commercial, residential, and manufacturing development has all but eliminated local farming. Big Corn was recognized in 2007 by the Americans for the Arts—Public Art Network—Year-in-Review as one of the year’s outstanding public art projects nationwide.
- Peter Reiquam, project artist and fabrication
- 12th Avenue Iron, forging