Artwork copyright Ken Spiering. Photo courtesy of the artist.

One of Ten, 2000

Ken Spiering
(American, born 1950)

Location: Lister Elementary School, Tacoma


Artist Ken Spiering created One of Ten as a sequence of ten photographs. Each close-up image of farm machinery suggests a specific number. The black and white photographs were printed using a color process. This process created tones of green, violet and sepia in the images. The artist notes, "The collection as a whole hints at being a statement in color. The photographs were taken at a time that was very new for me creatively, a time looking for something I could not define, but that I knew I must set about to discover."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Tacoma School District.


Northwest artist Ken Spiering creates artworks in many different media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Many of his works have been created for public spaces, with a focus on natural imagery rich with metaphor.

MediumC-41 black and white photography
Dimensions12 1/2 in x 5 ft
ID NumberWSAC2002.188.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyTacoma Public Schools
Artwork LocationLister Elementary School
Bottom of main stairwell
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address2106 E 44th St
Tacoma, WA 984044645
Geo. Coordinates47.216048 | -122.399842
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