Will Schlough’s “Gather” comes to Beaverton!
Public artist Will Schlough is excited to be working with the City of Beaverton to create a large public piece on a new Beaverton Central District Parking Garage adjacent to
the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.From the artist:
‘Gather’ depicts a kaleidoscope of giant Fender’s Blue butterflies migrating from the brush of Beaverton creek to the Creekside garage, entering the structure through a huge open sliding door. The butterflies, realistically rendered, stand off the garage at different distances, creating varying shadows that help to physically place them out in space. One butterfly on either side float out past the edge of the garage, adding to their feeling of lightness and flight.
The trompe l’oeil painted doorway is surrounded by yellow pollen dust, left by the butterflies as they maneuver and scuttle their way in. The pollen not only speaks to their role as carriers of culture, but also creates a magical aura around the doorway, asking viewers to imagine what lies inside the garage, or beyond.
A light hangs above the doorway to guide the butterflies to their destination. At night the light illuminates the doorway and the nearby butterflies, casting long shadows that add depth and movement to the piece. Butterflies not in the direct vicinity of the door remain only dimly lit by moon and city light, making the narrative more realistic and asking viewers to imagine that still more are on their way.
‘Gather’ uses the scale and drama of the large concrete wall as a catalyst for the work. The subtle inconsistencies and lines in the concrete provide a man-made and heavy juxtaposition with the organic lightness of the butterflies. While the wall itself is only partially covered with art, in turn the entire garage becomes activated by the work’s narrative. Where are they going? What are they doing? What lies beyond this wall?
For more information about the artist, visit www.WillSchlough.com