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Fife to unveil new, interactive sculpture at history museum

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on July 16, 2013 at 11:35 am with No Comments »
July 17, 2013 9:31 am

Representatives from the Fife Historical Society and the Fife Public Arts Commission will unveil a new sculpture on Sunday near Dacca Park, according to a city news release.

Olympia artist Eric Holdener was chosen from five applicants and will receive $9,000 from the city of Fife for the interactive sculpture. It will have gears and wheels that turn, and is made up of various steel components.

Eric Holdener's "Wheels of Progress" interactive sculpture. Fife will have an unveiling ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Eric Holdener’s “Wheels of Progress” interactive sculpture. Fife will have an unveiling ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The artwork will depict the “importance of balance” in a community with deep roots in agriculture and equal commitment to modern industry and commerce, according to the release.

Holdener said the sculpture, called “Wheel of Progress,” is symbolic of what he believes is part of Fife’s legacy.

“The city is geographically connected to I-5 and the Port of Tacoma, but also a rich connection to the land,” Holdener said in an email to The News Tribune. “I believe Fife has balanced its responsibility to its residents and to commercial endeavors.”

The work is composed of various sized wheels and gears, which Holdener said represent industries such as agriculture, logging, public works and commercial manufacturing. Additionally, it includes steel silhouettes of a farmer, a logger, vegetable crops, the sun, a cow and clouds, he said.

“I sought to convey the importance of balance,” Holdener said. “How we are dependent on balance of the weather, seasons, and harvesting.  Also the balance of Fife’s history of commercial and residential co-existence.”

Molly Wilmoth, managing director of the museum, said in the release “We were thrilled to be selected to display a new sculpture, especially a piece that so clearly depicts Fife’s rich history and its progressive shift toward more industrial endeavors.”

The artist will be available after the ceremony to meet with residents, and refreshments will be served. The event is from 2-4 p.m. at the Fife History Museum, located at 2820 54th Avenue near Dacca Park.

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The back of the sculpture "Wheels of Progress" by Olympia artist Eric Holdener.
The back of the sculpture “Wheels of Progress” by Olympia artist Eric Holdener.


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