I grew up in a household where old things were relished and appreciated. My dad and brother refurbished antique cars. My mom had a knack for painting and reusing old furniture. Family vacations were taken to historic sites instead of Disney World. So it isn’t any wonder that I have a fondness for the sculptural work of Seattle artist Michael Todd Harrison.
Architectural fragments and wood are stacked together as building blocks of these humble monuments to the past. Some of Harrison’s pieces, like the one above have a charming, vintagey-homey feel, as if they were plucked directly from the wreckage of a derelict Queen Anne home. Others, such as Burst, are more abstract in feel and organic in shape, carefully hap-hazard. In the artist’s hands, what could have simply been a pile of scrap wood becomes an explosion of line and shape.
Harrison’s latest series, Skyscrapers, takes inspiration from walks through the city, with it’s tall monuments built long ago by men who have since been all but forgotten. There is a poetic loveliness in these folksy, wooden sculptures paying homage to albatrosses of glass and steel. A reminder, perhaps of architecture’s humble beginnings, as well as our own.
To see more of Michael Todd Harrison’s work, please visit his website. He is currently the Artist-In-Residence for the James W. Washington Foundation in Seattle during the month of February. You can keep up with his residency work here!
Featured image is Horizon by Michael Todd Harrison. All images are via the artist’s website.