Migration II, 2003

Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter
Ralph Helmick (American, born 1952); Stuart Schechter (American, born 1958)

Location: Stafford Creek Corrections Center, Aberdeen


Migration II by artist team Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter is suspended from the ceiling of the entrance to the corrections center. It is a satellite work to a larger installation located in the same building. Over one hundred yellow, resin birds spiral outward from a central point, representing various stages of flight. The birds are all native species, such as Mallard ducks, to the area of Stafford Creek on the Pacific Ocean.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


Artists Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter worked collaboratively to create sculptures and installations for public spaces between 1993 and 2008.

Material CategorySculpture - plastics / acrylics / polyesters
MediumCast urethane resin and stainless steel cable
Dimensions4 ft x 12 ft x 12 ft
ID NumberWSAC2001.056.002
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationMassachusetts, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Corrections
Artwork LocationStafford Creek Corrections Center
Public Access and Visiting Areas
WA CountyGrays Harbor
Site TypeState Agency
Address191 Constantine Way
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Geo. Coordinates46.925452, -123.922606
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