Big Rock Garden Park boasts a collection of 39 permanent sculpture pieces by distinguished international and local artists.
The permanent collection has been acquired through purchase, donation, award and memorial. The most recent addition to the permanent collection,
Swell by Aaron Loveitt, is featured to the left.
Swell was donated to the City in memory of George Miller, who moved to Bellingham in 1999, from Glenview, IL, and like most of us, fell in love with the beauty of our surroundings. One of his wishes upon his passing was for his family to have a sculpture placed in Big Rock Garden Park.
After being selected through an RFQ and jury process to create the sculpture, artist Aaron Loveitt listened closely to the desires of the donor to create this piece. "This sculpture is a culmination of several ideas. In particular, I wanted to design a work that was specific to its site; a form that would respond to the space, like that of a wave passing through the trees. I hoped it would capture the changing qualities of light throughout the day and seasons, and shift form in interesting ways when viewed from different vantage points. My intent was to address the theme of the donors as well as engage visitors with a work that distinctly interacts with the gardenscape."
|Volatus||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/volatus.jpg||Volatus||Steel, polished aluminum and copper patina by Rodney Carroll of Baltimore, Maryland.|
|ZoeGarden Wall||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/zoe-garden.jpg||ZoeGarden Wall||Carved brick sculpture by Donna Dobberfuhl of Texas.|
|Sap||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/sap.jpg||Sap||Douglas fir, resin and steel by Michael Decker.|
|Spiral Fractal #2||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/spiral-fractal-2.jpg||Spiral Fractal #2||Welded stainless steel on a powder coated base by Don Anderson of Everson, WA.|
|Stabile||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/stabile.jpg||Stabile||A 7' high kinetic work in painted steel by internationally known Czech artist, Jan Zach.|
|State Street Totem||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/state-street-totem.jpg||State Street Totem||Made from granite curb stone from Street Street in Bellingham by Reg Akright of Everett, WA.|
|Sun Gate||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/sun-gate.jpg||Sun Gate||Bronze and marble by David Marshall.|
|Sweetwater||https://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/sweetwater.jpg||Sweetwater||By C.A. Scott of Bellingham, WA.|