BTB Reader Sara Chapman  sent us this photo, of which she says:
This neat sculpture in the town plaza in downtown Burien, Washington sure looked good in the late day light the other day. I don’t know anything about it, but I like it. That red!
As we reported  when it was installed in May, 2009, that “neat sculpture” is called “Helios Pavilion,” and was made by Artist James M. Harrison.
It’s meant to harness the sun, native history and the energy of place, and provide a beacon and muse for the community.
“This project is dedicated to the indomitable and generous spirit of the Duwamish people,” Harrison told The B-Town Blog. “It marks the intersection of two populations and two migrations. The sculpture is meant to put color against a gray sky, and is for the enjoyment of all people who now call this place their home.”
The large outdoor sculptural installation was commissioned by the City of Burien to function as the centerpiece of the new Town Square. During the creation of the piece, James consulted both the history of the land on which the work permanently resides and the constantly evolving cosmos overhead. The artist’s statement says:
Framing the sun, the piece encourages an interactive public to muse on the heavens in the present as they are metaphorically surrounded by the woven cultural history of the past. In spirit, the sculpture is James’ gift to the Duwamish tribe, to honor and celebrate the people whose culture infused the land long before the development of Burien was envisioned.
To see more pics by Sara Chapman, check out her blog here: http://www.lovethatimage.com .
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