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Michael Foster Donates Artwork to College

The stunning ten-foot high steel and chrome sculpture, titled "Zenith", depicts a cormorant and now graces the renovated Towler Hall.

Mr. Foster approached CCC’s Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, about locating it to the College.

“The College is very appreciative of the opportunity to display on campus such a unique and valuable piece of artwork,” says Dr. Schoonmaker. Both Foster and the College hope this gift represents the beginning of a significant collection of artwork on public exhibition at CCC.

The artist, Devin Laurence Field, is unique among contemporary large-scale metal sculptors because of the level of articulation he achieves in directly fabricated steel. According to his website (www.devinlaurencefield.org), Field’s work is not sculpted in clay then cast in metal, or hammered in thin sheet onto a sculpted pattern, but rather forged, pressed, welded, ground and polished using thick plate steels. He creates work mostly for public sites representative of the natural and built environments. The artist strives to bring together universal and classic symbolism, the vernacular of a given site or culture, and natural forms to communicate ideas about the evolution of the complex relationship between the built environment and the natural world.

Field is originally from New Zealand. He has studied art in locations around the world and has earned three degrees in the Arts including a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture.
He has received 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.

For more information, please email Dr. Schoonmaker or call 503-338-2440.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Image of sculpture in building.

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