The Curious Arcade, 2002

Jean Whitesavage and Nick Lyle
Jean Whitesavage (American, born 1960); Nick Lyle (American, born 1958)

Location: Edmonds College, Lynnwood


Collaborating artists Jean Whitesavage and Nick Lyle created The Curious Arcade as a free-standing sculptural pergola. The structure is made up of three gateways at the entrance to the Higher Education Center at Edmonds Community College. Above each gateway there are decorative elements that reference classical buildings in ancient Greece and Rome. The imagery includes flowering Calendula, Vine Maple, and a Steller's Jay bird. All together, the imagery of the pergola presents broad themes that are open for interpretation. The artists note, "This way the person who encounters the work won't merely spot the obvious theme and move on, they may instead be drawn into a more imaginative relationship with the work."

In 2015, the artists re-painted this artwork from the original red color to green.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University.


Jean Whitesavage and Nick Lyle are an artist team who create hand-forged metal sculptures and installations for public and private spaces. Whitesavage received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Tyler School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York State. Lyle received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, Massachusetts, and studied glassblowing and metalwork at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York State.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumForged and painted mild steel and light fixtures
Dimensions12 ft x 21 ft 4 in x 21 ft 4 in
ID NumberWSAC2000.004.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
Artwork LocationEdmonds College
South plaza of Higher Education Building
WA CountySnohomish
Site TypeCollege
Address20000 68th Ave. West
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Geo. Coordinates47.816935, -122.327057
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