Category: Public Art

Upcoming Public Art Projects

A sneak peek at upcoming public art projects by Preston Singletary. 


Upcoming Public Art Projects



Concept Rendering


The Burke Museum 
Seattle, WA.
“The Weavers Welcome”
Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke Museum.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass, bronze and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team.



The Fremont Ship Canal
Seattle, WA.
“Petrel Guards the Water” and “Raven Steals The Water” 
Fall 2019

Artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin have collaborated to create two large freestanding sculptures formed into canoe paddles and made from glass and metal. These pieces will stand at 14 feet tall each.

The story represents how water came to the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast as understood by the Tlingit people, Singletary's ancestors. It is a story told across other tribes as well and a vast part of the coast. It illustrates what a treasure water is.

First Raven brings us light to the world and secondly he brings water. His act of trickery and thievery benefits us all but also teaches us that we too should guard our water, as it truly is our treasure and the source of our environment.

One paddle would be placed on each side of the ship canal, with each paddle telling its part of the story.

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Public Art & Commissions

A look at Preston Singletary's public art and site specific installations. 

In addition to museum and gallery shows, Preston Singletary has also created several public art and site-specific installations, with more being completed in the upcoming year.  Upcoming works of art will be installed in Anchorage, AK. and Seattle, WA. Below are examples of recent large-scale pieces created by Singletary.

In 2017 artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin began work with the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland OR. to design a large-scale public art piece in the Pearl District. Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit Dancing Staff, which were used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This sculpture explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top depicting Raven holding the sun.


In 2017 Preston Singletary started the large “Killer Whale Totem” series, which is currently being cast in lead crystal. Following the successful completion of the “Family Story Totem” series, the "Killer Whale Totem" shows Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a Thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole and one of Singletary’s mentors. The Thunderbird emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale, which represents Swenson’s crest symbol. At the bottom is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle. 

The “Killer Whale Totem” will be created in a limited edition of three, each one in a different color and standing over eight feet tall. This smaller version of the "Killer Whale Totem" stands at 36 inches tall and has a similar color to the large 8 foot tall Totem that is currently being cast. 

Created in 2015 by Singletary, this glass Clan House screen and house posts were installed at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, Alaska. The screen shows a Northwest Coast design in sandblasted glass. On the left stands an Eagle warrior; while on the right stands a Raven created in a dark charcoal color. This screen measures approximately 11.5 feet high by 16 feet wide and weighs over 1000 lbs. It's created with 28 glass panels, 28 plexiglass panels, and over 200 custom made mounting bolts. Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage. 

To see more public art and commissioned pieces please visit the Commissions page.

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