Plans for airport artwork take off with artist selection

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A Seattle artist has been selected to create a new piece of public art at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Koryn Rolstad, a public artist known for creating environmental forms and material exploration, was chosen by a local committee to design a piece for the terminal building property, said airport Manager Jennifer Skoglund.

The piece itself has not been finalized, nor has it been presented, Skoglund said. Rolstad was selected as part of a detailed process that will likely not see the start of installation until 2014, she said.

The process is part of the state’s Art in Public Places program, which designates one half of 1 percent of new state construction projects for public art.

The $140,000 in funding designated for the latest piece is linked to the expansion of the Washington State Penitentiary.

Penitentiary spokeswoman Shari Hall joined Skoglund on the selection committee, as did Walla Walla Foundry owner Mark Anderson and Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson, airport tenant Joanne Dunham of Dunham Cellars and pilot Jay Broze.

Rolstad’s education and professional background in architecture, engineering and fine arts guides much of her work in a career as a public artist. Her pieces have been installed in Park City, Utah; Cleveland, Ohio; Anchorage, Alaska; Pretoria, South Africa; Norfolk, Va.; and in Washington state in Redmond, Puyallup, Seattle and Olympia, among many other places.

According to Rolstad’s website, “the major goal of these projects is to re-identify public areas as safe welcoming destinations with iconic appeal. The most successful projects have been accomplished with a sense of teamwork existing between the artist, architects, designers and community.” To see her work, visit krstudios.com.

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