This column can be found directly across from the restrooms between Gates A-4 and A-5.
Peter de Lory is a Seattle-based photographer who documents both the natural landscape and the urban infrastructure of the Pacific Northwest. Marrying the inherent contrasts of these two subjects for this piece, Peter photographed the tallest Western Red Cedar tree in the world and wrapped the photograph around a column, suggesting that parallels exist between the natural and the constructed.
Located on Nolan Creek Road near Forks, Washington, the tree stands on property owned by the State School Trust Land and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. The tree has been saved by loggers in honor of its size and age: 178 feet tall, 19.4 feet in diameter, and estimated to be 1,000 years old.
Peter de Lory
Mosaic column (smalti, polished marble)
Approximately 10' in circumference (3' diameter) x 17' high
The Nolan Creek Western Red Cedar is a whopping 61 feet circumference at breast height (CBH). This would mean that it would take about eleven Washingtonians of average height to hug this cedar all the way around.
Artist Peter de Lory is renowned for his photographic studies concerning “human interaction and mythology in the western American landscape.” He considers himself a collector of whatever captures his interest in the moment. Objects such as beach glass, rocks, and bolts become his subjects. Intrigued by his subjects' reactions to isolation and relation, Peter attempts to document “clarity of being” in his photographs.
"I am interested in how humans relate to and alter the places we live, whether it is the wilderness or urban landscape." – Peter de Lory
As the current photographer-in-residence for Sound Transit, Peter creates photographic exhibitions each month to document the environments and neighborhoods of six future Sounder train stations. He has also worked as an artist-in-residence at Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Water Department. His photographs are included in a number of permanent collections, such as the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Walker Arts Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Polaroid Corporation.
The mosaic column of Peter de Lory showcases one of the defining icons of the Pacific Northwest – a Western Red Cedar.