Foster Willey

Studio

Work

Faces of Rondo

2013

Victoria Station, Victoria St. & University
The Green Line, St. Paul, MN

Commissioned by:
the Metropolitan Council

Terra Cotta, Glazed Portrait and Narrative Tile Precast Architectural Concrete Portrait Panels, Stainless Steel Free Standing Panels, Manganese iron-spot and Glazed Thin Brick Masonry Veneer. Artwork dimensions vary.

“Faces of Rondo” at Victoria Station commemorates the individuals past and present from the Rondo community, who have contributed significantly to civil rights, labor unions and regional culture. Sixteen over life size portraits sculpted in low relief acknowledge each person. The community was directly involved in the selection of these individuals. The station artwork also includes narrative tile that reflect the history of the neighborhood. Thin brick veneer covers the primary structures of each platform with selected statements engraved into the brick offering subtle context for the larger portraits. The artist collaborated with architect Guy Willey on all phases of the project.

Hamline Prairie Station

2013

Hamline Station, Hamline & University
The Green Line, St. Paul, MN

Commissioned by:
The Metropolitan Council

Terra Cotta Glazed Ornamental Tile, Glazed Masonry Thin Brick, Stainless Steel Decorative Panels, Stainless Steel Guard Rails Electrical Cabinets: 12’ L x 6’ W x 8’ H at 4 locations, Artwork dimensions vary.

Hamline Prairie Station is inspired by Prairie School Architecture and plays on the motifs of regional sources, specifically the work of William Purcell and George Elmslie. The Prairie style was a combination of geometric and organic forms; the station provides a modern context for new designs that are both original and complimentary. The artist collaborated with architect Guy Willey to carefully integrate the artwork into the existing architecture of the station. University Avenue has been called “a true American street”, the integrated public art offers an aesthetic experience that will enhance the daily commute by bringing to light this important Midwestern art form.

Minnesota Menagerie

2011

Minneapolis Convention Center and 13th Street, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places, SRF Consulting Group Inc.

Bronze, Terra Cotta, Architectural Precast Concrete

Minnesota Menagerie is a collaborative effort with SRF Landscape Architects to create way-finding signage, providing directions from the Minneapolis Convention Center to the Nicollet Mall. Sculpted elements enhance the Marquee Monument Sign and two Kiosk Monument Signs with ornamentation that evokes the natural resources of the state. Enhancements include a bronze sturgeon, running wolf and giant walleye. Inset on the Marquee Monument Sign is an art deco design in relief that moves vertically up the monument. The signage also includes series of inset terra cotta tile that reference Minnesota State symbols.

Triskele

2010

Robert Trail Library, Rosemount, MN

Commissioned by:
City of Rosemount

Bronze, Cast Stone, Flagstone, Up-lighting
12’ H x 9’ W x 9’ D

TRISKELE is a freestanding sculpture that is inspired by Irish iconography and contributes to the strong Irish sentiments of the Rosemount community. It serves as the focal point for the Robert Trail Library, complimenting the strong contemporary lines of the architecture. The triple spiral or triskele appears in various forms of Celtic art and consists of three interlocking spirals. It is a symbol for eternal life and one of the oldest symbols of human spirituality.

The Bee Way

2009

1621 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Commissioned by:
The City of St. Louis Park, Duke Realty, Anderson Real Estate

Welded Aluminum, Terra Cotta, Cast Stone, Powder coated Steel, LED Lighting, Paving
66’ L x 33’ W x 22’ H

Photo Credit: Jerry Mathiason

"The Bee Way” is a unique sculptural plaza and gathering space. It consists of two cast stone columns, inset with a honeycomb relief pattern and terra cotta tile. At the top of the columns are wind activated kinetic “Swarm Sculptures” that represent the whirling flight of bees. A bee wing bench compliments the two columns and honeycomb paving runs through out the plaza. The plaza is lit for night viewing by in-ground up lighting and LED lights at the top of each column. The beehive fireplace of Lilac Way, built in the late 30 “s by the WPA, inspired "The Bee Way". The project involved collaboration in many areas, including community outreach where children helped make tiles.

Central Avenue Contemporary Stelae

2006

Central Ave and 33rd & 35th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis, Art in Public Places

Bronze / terra-cotta / pre-cast concrete / stone
2 @ 10’ H x 20’ L x 15’ W

Photo Credit: Jerry Mathiason

The project consists of two monoliths or stelae, artist designed benches and a cobblestone surround at two locations along Central Avenue in NE Minneapolis. The stelae depict the history of the neighborhood. The Flying Wheat Stalk (north stelae) consists of a wheat stalk crown ornament and represents the milling industry. The 4020 (south stele) includes a steam locomotive at the top, representing the Shoreham train yard. Thematic bronze and terra cotta relief sculpture adorn the sides of each stelae. The sculptural forms are intended to engage both pedestrian and automobile traffic.

Centrifuge

2004

Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Burnsville and the Burnsville Foundation

Bronze, Stainless Steel, Red Granite, Sandstone 10’ L x 10’ W x 12’ H

Photo Credit: Jerry Mathiason

“Centrifuge” is a monumental abstract sculpture conceived with elegance and grace to symbolically represent the character and spirit of Burnsville. The sculpture is the centerpiece for the City’s Nicollet Commons Park and the Heart of the City Development. The project involved collaborations with landscape architects, structural and aquatic engineers. The design of “Centrifuge” utilizes negative space to create a form that is animated and expansive; it includes the stainless steel bowl, red granite base and the sandstone surround. Other elements created for the park include bonze fish and frogs located at the water wall.

Nicollet Commons Park won the 2006 Award of Excellence from the MN Society of Landscape Architects and in 2013 received the “Great Places Award” by the MN ULI and Sensible Land Use Coalition.

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

Julie Ingebretsen

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

Clyde Bellecourt

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

Maxie Turner II

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

Sharon Sayles Belton

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

4th Avenue Bridge Leaders Wall

Nellie Stone Johnson

1998 / Restoration 2008

4th Avenue and the Midtown Greenway, Minneapolis, MN

Commissioned by:
The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places and the Department of Public Works

50 life-size bronze portraits

The Artwork consists of 50 life-size portraits of community leaders from Philips and Central Neighborhood in South Minneapolis. The artwork is located on the bridge abutment of the 4th Ave Bridge and adjacent to the Midtown Greenway. People from the two communities were selected for commemoration because of the positive impact they had on the neighborhood. The faces were sculpted in clay in two-hour sittings at the artist’s studio. Faces of the deceased were sculpted from photographs. Originally cast in concrete the portraits were dedicated in1998. The City of Minneapolis, Art in Public Places commissioned the recasting of the faces into bronze in 2008.

Faces of Rondo, Hallie Quinn Brown

2013

Precast Architectural Concrete

42" H x 26" W

Faces of Rondo, Mamoud El-Kati

2013

Terra Cotta

20" H x 16" W

Faces of Rondo, Rhoda Stroud

2013

Terra Cotta

20" H x 16" W

Archbishops John Roach & John Ireland

2011

St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, MN

Bronze

18" H

Portrait of a Young Girl

2005

Terra Cotta

18" H

Foster Willey Sr.

2004

St. Joseph, MI

Bronze

20" H

Portrait of Earl

1999

Bronze

20" H

Leaders Wall, Peter McLaughlin

1998

Bronze

Life Size

Leaders Wall, Meridel Lesueur

1998

Bronze

Life Size

Portrait of Donna

1986

Bronze

22" H

Mustafa Naguib

1984

Glenn Ellen, IL

Bronze

18" H

Regeneration

2013

Healing Garden, Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna, MN

Commissioned by:
Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Bronze, Precast Concrete
9’ x 3’ W x 3’ D

Regeneration

2013

Healing Garden, Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna, MN

Commissioned by:
Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Bronze, Precast Concrete
9’ x 3’ W x 3’ D

Winged Iris

1994

Kalamazoo, MI

Commissioned by:
The City of Plymouth

Bronze, Precast Concrete

9’ H x 3’ W x 3’ D

Winged Iris

1994

Kalamazoo, MI

Commissioned by:
The City of Plymouth

Bronze, Precast Concrete

9’ H x 3’ W x 3’ D

Resonance

2005

Female nude torso

Commissioned by:
Pat & Lisa Denzer, Minneapolis, MN

Bronze

Life Size

Annunciation

2004

Religious sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary.

Commissioned by:
Bohemiawerks, Church of the Annunciation, Minneapolis, MN

Located at the main entrance.

Bronze

7’ H/p>

Annunciation

2004

Religious sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary.

Commissioned by:
Bohemiawerks, Church of the Annunciation, Minneapolis, MN

Located at the main entrance.

Bronze

7’ H/p>

Brothers Karamazov

1999

Two stone carved busts.

Commissioned by:
Paul Dorn, Minneapolis, MN

Alabaster

3/4 Life Size

Brothers Karamazov

1999

Two stone carved busts.

Commissioned by:
Paul Dorn, Minneapolis, MN

Alabaster

3/4 Life Size

Commemorative Portraits

1994

Alvin & Emily Tedrow Little

Challenger Learning Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Bronze

28" H

The Resurrection

1987

St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MI

Mahogany

9' H

The Resurrection

1987

St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MI

Mahogany

9' H

Grandmother

1985

Private Commission

Kalamazoo, MI

Bronze

Regeneration

2008

Bronze, Stone

24" H

Phoenix Icarus

2007

Bronze, Stone

20" H

Repetition
Anonymity

2006

Bronze, Resin

70" l x 65" H

Psyche II

2005

Bronze, Stone

24" L x 12" W x 18" H

Abstraction

2005

Bronze, Stone

24" L x 14" W x 20" H

Winged Spiral

2005

Bronze, Stone

16" L x 8" W x 18" H

Centrifuge Model

2004

Bronze, Stone

18" H

Phases

1999

Bronze, Wood

38" L x 18" W x 4" H

Psyche

1990

Concrete, Mesh

32" L x 28" W x 36" H

Vortex

1990

Bronze

32" L x 32" W x 36" H

Seated Figure

1986

Gantos Corporation Headquarters, Grand Rapids, MI

Welded Steel

40" L x 28" W x 38" H

Repose

1985

Bronze

48" L x 24" W x 28" H

Classical Studies
Catherine

2007

Bronze

36" H

Classical Studies
Roxanne

2006

Bronze, Stone

36" H

Classical Studies

2000

Bronze

" L x 5" W x 24" H

Hamline Large Relief

2013

Hamline Prairie Station

Hamline V Tile

2013

Hamline Prairie Station

Hamline Small Art Tile

2013

Hamline Prairie Station

Faces of Rondo Proposal

2013

Victoria Station

MSUM Sculpture Concept Graphics

2011

MSUM Sculpture Concept Graphics

2011

The Vessel Concept

2010

Maple Grove Library

St. George Fountain Concept

2010

Bonestroo

Triskele

2010

Roberts Trail Library, Rosemount

The Three Bees

2009

St. Louis Park

Minneapolis Drinking Fountains

2008

Great River Proposal

2008

Minneapolis Convention Center

The Hub

2007

St. Louis Park

Lake Deity Proposal

2007

St. Joseph, MI

Lake Deity Proposal

2007

St. Joseph, MI

Centrifuge Concept

2004

Burnsville

About the Artist

“My work invokes an archetypal resolution through the creation of forms that express both mass and transparency.”

I have been creating work in the public art realm for the past fifteen years. My work encompasses large-scale projects for various municipalities and design settings including commissions in bronze, fabricated metal, pre-cast concrete, terra cotta, and stone. I am very interested in the built environment as a context for public art; where sculpture and design meet to enrich daily life.

My work as a public artist is adapted to the specifics of the opportunity. As a sculptor I am able to bring a range of design and fabrication skills to any public art project. My sculptural designs supplement a collaborative process that includes a community’s voice.

I am committed to the role of public art as the synthesis of artistic vision, community and urban design.

My work is both abstract and representational. My interest in the figurative tradition and architectural ornament is central to my artistic vision. Of equal importance is the influence of early modernists, from which my explorations into abstraction have evolved.

Animating form thru the plasticity of materials and utilizing negative space to express both mass and transparency have been the focus of many of my sculptural investigations. These formal concerns inform the symbolic content of my work, which often involves the search for an archetypal resolution. It is my feeling that these qualities are relevant in the depiction of human striving and our shared lived experience.

Contact

612.782.8629

607 22nd Ave Ne, Minneapolis, MN 55418