Jaguar Carvings, 2004

Steve Jensen
(American, born 1955)

Location: Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup


Steve Jensen worked with students at Puyallup's Emerald Ridge High School to design the imagery for the Jaguar Carvings sculpture. The carved imagery reflects themes of school spirit. This work also incorporates a time capsule to be opened in 2054.

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


Seattle-based artist Steve Jensen creates carved wooden and metal sculptures. Growing up on his father's fishing boat, his artworks are influenced by Norwegian carving, boat-building, and fishing traditions. He notes, "I come from a long tradition of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders. The chisels I use have been passed from my grandfather to my father to me. The craftsmanship of my work speaks to the universality and the timelessness of carving."

Material CategorySculpture - stone / ceramics / terracotta
MediumCarved cedar wood, marine bronze, concrete, and ceramic tile
DimensionsThree sculptures 8 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft each; Sixteen benches 2 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft each
ID NumberWSAC2003.075.001-003
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPuyallup School District
Artwork LocationEmerald Ridge High School
Left of main entrance on grassy knoll
WA CountyPierce
Site TypePublic School
Address12405 184th Street E
Puyallup, WA 98374
Geo. Coordinates47.08871, -122.262686
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