River and Rain, Two Rivers

River and Rain, Two Rivers


The seven "rain chain" sculptures that make up River and Rain are often the first artwork encountered when visiting the Campus and descend from the roof to the ground of the parking garage. The artist team of Blue McRight and Warren Wagner were fascinated with the history of both boating and technology development in Redmond. The rain chains, or "kusari doi," which have been in use in Japan for centuries, are created from a series of linked bronze oarlocks and stainless steel boats. During rain, the boats in the chains appear to be in motion as rainwater makes its way to the porous bed of river stones at the base of the garage. The oarlocks refer not only to boating traditions but also the importance of technology to Redmond, as the oarlock shape can be read as both "0" and "1" — the foundation of present day computer codes. Redmond has a long history of boat racing, both in the Sammamish River and its Slough, historic community events that were predecessors of today's hydrofoil tradition. On the ground level of the garage are a series of six laminated glass panels with two alternating graphic shapes, drawn from the river's course over time. In Two Rivers the original meander is juxtaposed with the Sammamish' current engineered and straightened course. The shapes of the river itself become part of the garage, strengthening the identity of the site, further connecting river and city, viewer and place. Photos by YaM Studio

Artist: Blue McRight and Warren Wagner

Year: 2006


Medium: Bronze, Stainless Steel