Medium: Stainless Steel, Sound activated LED lighting
Dimensions: 15’6” x 12’ x 12’
Location: Entry plaza of the Ron Tonkin Field at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, 4460 NW 229th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124
The triangular form of the baseball diamond is cut with intricate patterns of sports equipment, held aloft by columns and illuminated with color changing, sound activated LED lights. At the base of the sculpture are instruments people can play to create a symphony of sounds. When it is quiet at the plaza there is no colored light, when there is noise the sculpture lights up – the louder the noise, the brighter the light – creating a “barometer” of excitement for the ballpark!
Barometer was designed to engage the wide range of visitors to Gordon Faber Recreation Center, from families coming to Hops baseball games, to youth sports leagues, marching band camps and special events. The strong form and color are visible from Hwy 26. The musical instruments invite participation and help make a visit to the stadium a memorable event.
Devin Laurence Field was born in New Zealand. A fifth generation artist, he studied art in New Zealand, England, France, Japan and the United States, earning three degrees in the Arts including a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of Oregon.
His work is cut, forged, pressed, welded, ground and polished using thick plate steels, combining the muscularity of large scale structures with the delicacy of intricately cut elements. Each public commission is unique, referring to the specific site with motifs, text or custom lighting that enhance the experience of the viewers.
Field has received numerous awards from his peers such as the Helen Foster Barnett Award from the National Academy of Design in New York, the Evelyn and Peter Haller Award from the Society of Animal Artists, and the global design award for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Locally his work can been seen at the entrance to the new Beaverton City Hall at The Round, Millennium Plaza Park in Lake Oswego, and in the near future, along Interstate 5 near Eugene.
Artist Website: devinlaurencefield.com
Top 3 photos by Devin Laurence Field and bottom photo by Rick Paulson. Check out more photos of Hillsboro's Public Art Collection in our Flickr Gallery.