Migration I, 2003

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

Location: Stafford Creek Corrections Center, Aberdeen


Migration I is an intricate, site-specific installation by artist team Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter. It is comprised of a vast, translucent array of suspended, resin bird sculptures spiraling from a central point on the ceiling of the corrections center's visitation area. Birds that are native to the area of Stafford Creek on the Pacific Ocean are shown in various stages of flight.

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 38 ft x 38 ft
ID NumberWSAC2001.056.001
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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