Sculpture Program

Beaverton’s priorities for permanent sculptures include the commission of large-scale artworks that are highly visible and help build the identity of public places; works that are crafted to a specific site; and those that reflect both a range of artistic media and the diverse nature of the community.

Permanent Installations

"Ribbon Candy" The Beaverton Building at The Round, Fall 2014
Ribbon Candy by Paul VexlerRibbon Candy by Paul Vexler
The Beaverton Arts Program installed three works of art created by artist Paul Vexler. The work was funded through the city's 1% for Art Program, which allows the Beaverton Arts Program to commission an artist to create new work specifically for a new or remodeled public facility. Paul used six different types of wood in his sculpture: Hemlock, sapele, old growth cedar, poplar, walnut and vertical grain fern.

"The intent of these sculptures is to provide curvilinear forms that combine color and the organic quality of natural wood. It is also a demonstration of the versatility of the ribbon itself. The contrast in shapes, from flat ribbon candy to almost random uncoiling is proof of the high potential of this type of material. The bending of the material is done in conjunction with its natural strength rather than defeating it and forcing it to take a shape. The smooth curves would not be possible were it not for the material resisting the bending with all of its might. ." ... Paul Vexler

"Three Creeks One Will"
South Plaza at The Round, Fall 2013
Three Creeks One Will at The South Plaza
The art of Devin Laurence Field brings together universal and archetypal symbolism, the vernacular of a given site or culture, and natural forms to communicate ideas about the evolution of the complex relationship between the built environment and the natural world.

"Singing Sky"
City Park, Summer 2010
Singing Sky dedication with Richard Taylor
The Beaverton Arts Program installed a major sculptural work for the city. The work is entitled “Singing Sky”, and was created by Wisconsin Artist Richard Taylor. Richard’s sculpture was chosen from a field of 235 applicants throughout the United States and British Columbia. The playful abstract shapes in the work will inspire the imagination of viewers of all ages and reflect the City’s diversity. With its vibrant, bright orange color and 15′ height, the sculpture is certain to become a prominent landmark for Beaverton.

“I find an excitement and openness in a city such as Beaverton that has a rich blend of people and cultures,” states sculptor, Richard Taylor. “My concept was to suggest the liveliness of diversity in the varying shapes, which makes up the sculpture – to design elements differing from one another in many ways, yet harmonizing as a unified whole. I’m proud to know it will be going to such a wonderful home in the park as it cheerfully overlooks the children who play in the fountain, the shoppers at the Farmer’s Market, and all the residents that congregate in the park for years to come.”

"Just the Two of Us"
City Plaza on the corner of Hall Blvd and Farmington Rd in downtown Beaverton
Just the Two of Us by Katy McFadden
Katy McFadden, a local artist whose medium of choice is wood-fired ceramic, submitted a proposal for the call for Temporary Sculpture Installations. Her work was the second selection for the site, but due to popular demand and patron generosity, Katy’s work became a permanent fixture in our community.