The newest addition to Washington state's public art collection will be installed starting Saturday, according to the state Department of Enterprise Services.
The three-dimensional piece titled "Hydro Logic" is 13 feet wide and 41 feet tall. It will hang on a three-story wall in the Helen Sommers Building at 11th and Capitol in Olympia. It will be freely visible to the public.
Seattle artist Beliz Brother designed the piece to "reflect upon one of our state's greatest natural resources — water," Enterprise Services wrote in a news release.
The piece is divided into 10 sections, representing the 10 major watersheds in the state.
“It recognizes our industries of shipping and fishing and forestry, our beauty, our recreational activities and the very importance of water to all life,” Brother wrote in her initial proposal.
The piece cost just more than $232,250 to produce and install. It is being paid for using less than 1 percent of the construction costs for the new Sommers building.
It will be the third significant work on the Capitol Campus created by a female artist, the release says. It joins more than 20 other permanent sculptures on the Capitol Campus, and more than 4,500 works in the state's art collection.
Installation of the piece will continue through May 2. Most of the work is expected to occur over the weekend, but some parking and vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the area may be affected.
A staircase near the piece will be closed during installation.