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Exploring Art in Seattle’s Federal Courthouse

March 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Jim Rupp

Many who pass the U.S. courthouse may wonder what the gray monolith rising out of the Stewart Street plaza is all about. Believe it or not, it’s a monumental depiction of a single scale of a cedar tree cone that is balanced on its pointed end.

Called Pillar Arc, this 27.5-foot tall, cast-aluminum sculpture was created in 2004 by Shanghai-born, New York City-based sculptor Ming Fay. Fay is known for converting small natural forms into monumental references to their natural and cultural environment. Fay says that with the exaggeration of size, scale and its juxtaposition, he hopes to emphasize the inherent beauty, nuance and...

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