Storefronts Auburn installation at One Main echoes Auburn’s aviation history
Public artist Jim Pridgeon worked with frequent collaborators Benton Shaw and Richard Beckerman, as well as volunteers from Evergreen Soaring to install a Czechoslovakian designed and built Blanik L-13 glider into a raw ground level space at One Main Street Professional Plaza, a nod to Auburn’s history as an aviation town. Originally designed in 1956, more L-13’s were produced than any other glider in the world and were used primarily as trainers, although the type held several world records. All L-13s have been grounded by the FAA pending resolution of wing spar failures.
A National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellow, State of Washington Visual Arts Fellow and recipient of multiple Seattle Arts Commission awards, Pridgeon is a long-time Seattle artist whose large-scale installations reference, and are made from, materials sourced at the site. Concerned with memory, and the mixing of familiar forms to create unfamiliar associations; his work is large in scale, uses industrial and consumer materials, and seeks to engage the local community by the very familiarity of the objects.
Opening October 24, 2013, 5-7 PM
Through February 14, 2014
One East Main Street, Auburn
Storefronts Auburn is sponsored by Shunpike and the City of Auburn.