Adam Fah, conservation technician for the Washington State Arts Commission, works on remounting a piece of Deborah Mersky's "Out of Nature" on a wall near the PUB at Shoreline Community College.
When Deborah Mersky’s 85-foot-long bronze sculpture “Out of Nature” was installed at Shoreline Community College in 2003, its concrete wall backdrop seemed pretty permanent.
Well, most of it was.
Just a few years later, as part of the Pagoda Union Building replacement project, about 30 feet of the wall was removed and with it, several sections of Mersky’s work. While the majority of the multi-sectioned piece remained during construction, some sections received minor damage and the remaining sections were off-center on the wall, giving an unbalanced appearance.
Now, all of the work’s sections have been reunited and remounted, centered in what remains of the wall.
“There were three sections that were in storage,” said Adam Fah, conservation technician for the Washington State Arts Commission, who did the work Aug. 5-6, 2009. “I’ve added those and repositioned the entire work so it is centered.”
“Out of Nature,” was cut by laser from digitized drawings, and will have a natural looking patina surface that gives the impression of being old, and which is intended to darken with time. Parts of it will have an overlay of etched bronze or copper letters, according to a 2003 article in the SCC student newspaper, The Ebbtide.
“Conceptually, it is an open musing on nature and our place in it,” Mersky told The Ebbtide. “The physical location of the school, adjacent to a beautiful forested area, and just above the Puget Sound, have contributed greatly to the formation of this idea.”
While Mersky has a number of public-art pieces up and down the West Coast, including one just south of the International Fountain at the Seattle Center, that doesn’t mean she’s comfortable with the “public” aspect.
“My explanation for my own pursuit of public art is simply that I like to be scared,” Deborah Mersky wrote in an on-line artist’s statement. “…seeing my imagination sprawled about a publicly-used building is perhaps 51 percent intoxicating and 49 percent percent horrifying.”