Referencing traditional sculptures seen across the capital, the waiting figure appears to have descended from its plinth and is perched against it.
Echoing a seemingly playful hand-drawn sketch, the figure leans forward expectantly with its head looking back towards the high street. Capturing the themes of suspense, vulnerability, optimism, and possibility, the sculpture explores the limitless possibilities of our next thought. Created by Acrylicize founder James Burke and commissioned by Brookfield Properties to stand outside Amazon’s head office in Plaza Square, the larger-than-life sculpture weighs in at 1.2 tonnes and suggests that in our defining moments -- moments that would see us immortalized on such a pedestal -- we are more vulnerable than the traditional depictions may suggest.
Echoing a seemingly playful hand-drawn sketch, the waiting figure appears to have descended from its plinth and is perched against it.
Meet the artist
James Burke is the founder and Creative Director of Acrylicize, and a practicing artist in his own right. His philosophy has always been to challenge art’s dependency on the gallery institution, making work that focuses on accessibility and the desire to positively connect people with their environment. His work draws on themes of art as a commodity, fusing a wide range of disciplines from fine art and graphic design to interior design and architecture.
Behind the build
800 pieces of mild steel tubing were shaped by hand and expertly welded before being painted.
As the world grappled with the challenging effects of lockdown measures on society at large, our creatives in Seattle took it upon themselves to use this experience positively. The goal – to inspire and uplift their local community through art.
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Art is a representation of our times and our collective consciousness.
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