Linkage #1, 2004

Michihiro Kosuge
(Japanese, born 1943, died 2021)

Location: Highline College, Des Moines


This stone sculpture is part of artist Michihiro Kosuge's series of five pillars titled 'Linkage', which border the student plaza at Highline College. Inspired by the diverse and dynamic population of students at Highline College, the artist created each pillar to represent one of the major continents. Linkage #1 features one ring in red granite and represents Africa. He notes "I wanted to include in the design the strong relationship that exists between international students, immigrant students and international relations with other college in the world...All the rings together represent knowledge, wisdom, imagination, inquiry, and discovery."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Highline Community College.


Artist and teacher Michihiro Kosuge (1943-2021) was known in the Northwest for his sculptures and public installations made with stone. His art explored the interaction of humans with nature and respected the natural world. He noted, "I never thought that I was a patient person... [working with] stone helped make me be patient."
Kosuge was born in Tokyo, Japan and studied sculpture at Tokyo Sumida Technical School of Architecture. At age 21, he came to the U.S. to study architecture. He explains that, "After taking several art courses to better understand shape and form, I found that making sculpture was a much better way to express my ideas and my way of thinking." Kosuge earned his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970. He taught at Portland State University from 1978 until his retirement in 2003.

Material CategorySculpture - stone / ceramics / terracotta
MediumGranite rock
Dimensions8 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft
ID NumberWSAC2003.061.001
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyHighline College
Artwork LocationHighline College
Near Student Plaza, north of Building 23 (one of five components)
WA CountyKing
Site TypeCollege
Address2400 S 240th St.
Des Moines, WA 98198
Geo. Coordinates47.388832, -122.300912
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