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New sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments

The rotating artwork in the Heart of Phinney Park on the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North now features “Samaras” by Matt Babcock.

Photo courtesy of the PNA.

Artist’s statement:

A samara is a seed with a wing, such as a maple seed.

My goal as a sculptor is to create complex impressions using simple parts. I often use forms derived from the structure and movement of animals and plants. In April 2012 the Phinney Neighborhood Center Gallery will show some of my animal mobiles.

The powder-coated steel sculpture is 41 inches high, 41 inches wide and four inches deep. It is for sale for $6,800. If interested, contact the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 206-783-2244.

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  1. Matt Babcock says:

    Thanks for posting this! This is a great blog. As someone who lives nearby I’m happy to have learned about it.

  2. Plix says:

    Cool sculpture! I really like the different ways you can look at it–the negative space is brilliant in its own right. Nice work, Matt Babcock!

  3. Outside the Box says:

    We saw a wonderful “seed pod” exhibit of sculptures at Kew Gardens in London…great theme!

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  5. tahomajim says:

    Really nice sculpture, and photo.