Medium: Stainless Steel
Autumn light glints on the rays of the sun and the wings of a soaring bird on the new sculpture on display in downtown Hillsboro. Fly with the Sun II, created by Jesse Swickard of Sherwood, Oregon, explores the relationship between the nature of flight and the power of the sun. The twelve-foot, polished stainless steel sculpture was installed recently at the corner of SE 2nd Ave and Washington Street.
Artist Jesse Swickard created this sculpture specifically for the location and hopes people will enjoy it there. This sculpture demonstrates Swickard’s artistic interests in the relationship between nature, flight, and abstraction.
The sculpture is part of the Hillsboro Public Art Program which brings art to locations throughout the city. “Temporary exhibits bring variety to the viewers and enliven sites, such as this one, that are awaiting redevelopment,” said Valerie Otani, Public Art Supervisor. In the spring of 2014 the Public Art program sent out a call to artists, received 42 applications and a selection panel chose Fly with the Sun II.
Jesse Swickard is an Oregon native that currently lives in Sherwood. He has a long rooted background in metal working which started at a young age when he started working in his father’s machine shop. At first Swickard began by cleaning the shop but worked his way up to reading blueprints and making prototypes for the snowboard industry. This led him to explore all aspects of making and creating with metal, wood, and glass; he also began to explore casting metals. The skills he learned in the machine shop can be seen in his sculptures today.
Swickard has created sculptures for many cities in the Pacific Northwest, as well as numerous private collection pieces. His work is inspired by his travels and explorations of nature. When he is not in the studio creating sculpture he is out climbing mountains and snowboarding.
Artist Website: jesseswickard.com