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Fall City’s sculptural strolls

Visiting the latest sculpture put in place along in the downtown district, Fall City Arts President Jill Rockwell takes the art walk in Fall City. - Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Visiting the latest sculpture put in place along in the downtown district, Fall City Arts President Jill Rockwell takes the art walk in Fall City.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

The shiny block of stone is hard to miss, standing out against the storefronts and passing traffic of downtown Fall City.

That’s OK, because “River Sphere,” by Steve Sandry, is meant to draw attention, as the latest entry in the Fall City Art Walk.

The black stone, which boasts a reflective, circular depression, sits on a mini-plaza in front of El Caporal restaurant. It was installed last weekend by Fall City Arts, a group working to bring art workshops, performances and installations to schools and the community at large.

“Our goal is to foster art in Fall City,” said Fall City Arts President Jill Rockwell.

The group has been working for more than a year to create the art walk, with support from Fall City Community Association and King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert.

Rockwell said she’s received positive comments from residents about the newest sculpture.

Anyone can take the Fall City Art Walk. Its eight pieces are spread thoughout the town, giving art lovers a healthy stroll.

Plans call for informative plaques and a brochure to complement the walk later this year.

Visible on the walk, but not a Fall City Arts creation, is the community’s brightly colored totem pole.

Many of the installed pieces reflect an orb or globe shape, following a theme of togetherness and community. Each artist explored his own interpretation of that sense.

At Hauglie Insurance, visitors can view Sandry’s “Dhield,” a stone sculpture that honors the legacy of one of Fall City Arts’ founding members. “The Nest” awaits visitors at the restored Fall City Roadhouse restaurant.

Quigley Park boasts “River Harmony,” with leaping salmon. A bright mural created by two Fall City students and an area artist adorns the community art park, a colorful pavilion that hosts the Fall City Christmas celebrations during the holidays.

One more piece is in the process of being created. Its addition would bring the total to nine works of art on the art walk.

All pieces are expected to be in place by the 2009 Fall City Days celebration.

Learn more about Fall City Arts at www.fallcityarts.org.

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