The Widening Gyre, 1985

Robert Haft
(American, born 1949)

Location: Lister Elementary School, Tacoma


The Widening Gyre is part of artist Robert Haft's series titled "Excerpts from a Visual Diary." The series documents the daily lives of his family. This image captures the artist's wife as seen from the top of a spiral slide that had been used as a fire-escape at his old elementary school in Walla Walla.

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


Northwest photographer Bob Haft creates documentary images that explore the limitations and possibilities of visual and verbal language. Much of his work focuses on the honest depiction of the inner lives and experiences of children.

Haft received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Washington State University in Pullman, Eastern Washington. Based in Olympia, Washington, Haft teaches at The Evergreen State College.

MediumGelatin silver print
Dimensions11 in x 14 in
ID NumberWSAC2002.249.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyTacoma Public Schools
Artwork LocationLister Elementary School
Main office
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address2106 E 44th St
Tacoma, WA 984044645
Geo. Coordinates47.216048, -122.399842
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