Medium: Laser cut stainless steel
Dimensions: 2 sets of gates, 24’ x 5.5’
Location: David Hill Community Garden, SE Walnut Street at SE 5th Avenue, Hillsboro OR 97123
Get Down With da Dirt! This hip-hop title is a playful reflection of the high school students who took pride in contributing their designs to these garden gates. Artist Suzanne Lee helped the students to research and draw different plants, then simplify the drawings to black and white silhouettes that she composed into panels that were laser cut in steel.
Lee commented, “Just like the seeds planted in this garden flourish as full grown plants, these students were able to see their ideas grow from little seeds of thoughts and images to a full scale permanent public art installation. The gates are an invitation to the community to celebrate and nurture our abundant earth.”
Suzanne Lee holds a Masters with Honors in Art Education from the University of Oregon and has been teaching and executing commissions in the US and Europe since 1972 and public art since 1994. She taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and in the Art In Education programs in Oregon and Washington.
Her portfolio includes site-specific sculpture and architecturally integrated gates, panels, seating, windows and lighting. Multiculturally based, her public art evokes a strong sense of place by stimulating both personal and communal memory while drawing attention to some aspect of the natural world. She has been fortunate to receive numerous grants and awards for her innovative artwork.
Based in Portland, Suzanne has one son, Merlin, and enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, kayaking, gardening, cooking and traveling.
Photos by Loren Nelson.