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Sketched Dec. 16, 2015

Sculpture is unknown territory for me. I can only name a handful of internationally-known sculptors off the top of my head: Eduardo Chillida, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder. Well, not even a handful!

But my interest about three-dimensional art is growing. Locally, I’m familiar with the work of Georgia Gerber. She’s the author of Rachel, the Pike Place Market’s fundraising pig, and Husky Spirit, the larger-than-life husky that welcomes fans to Husky Stadium. (See sketches of those here and here.)

Recently, I have also become better acquainted with the work of a very important Pacific Northwest artist, the late Dudley Carter.

On a recent visit to the Redmond Library, I stumbled upon one of his monumental carvings, named “Rivalry of the Winds.” As soon as I saw it, I started connecting the dots. Could it be by the same artist who created “Forest Deity,” the carving at the entrance of Bellevue Square?

It was, of course. Carter is in fact one of the most celebrated artists in the Eastside, where he spent most of his live. According to this article in the Redmond Historical Society website, “Rivalry of the Winds” marked the beginning of Carter’s prolific career. He died in 1992, just weeks before his 101th birthday.

Despite wearing headphones, the fellow you can see on my sketch turned his head to look at the 11-foot-tall sculpture when he walked by. I’m not surprised that all these years after his death, Carter’s work honoring the culture of the native people of the Pacific Northwest is still drawing attention.