Navigator, 2006

Adam McIsaac
(American, born 1972)

Location: Columbia Valley Elementary, Vancouver


Navigator was created by Adam McIsaac for Columbia Valley Elementary in Vancouver, Southwestern Washington. McIsaac was inspired by the two-hundred year anniversary of Lewis and Clark's westward expedition (1803-1806). He also had a theme of navigation in mind. This sculpture is carved from an 1,100 year old western red cedar tree. McIsaac used handmade tools in the traditional Northwest Coast style.

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


Pacific Northwest artist Adam McIsaac creates carved wooden sculptures, as well as paintings and prints. He studied under artist Duane Pasco. He uses carving tools and materials used in traditional Pacific Northwest Coast carving. He continues to learn about these traditions by working with local Native American communities, with a particular focus on the artistic traditions of the Columbia River tribes. McIsaac lives and works in La Center, on the Columbia River in Southwestern Washington.

Material CategorySculpture - wood
MediumWestern red cedar wood
Dimensions11 ft 10 in x 4 ft x 22 in
ID NumberWSAC2005.015.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyEvergreen School District
Artwork LocationColumbia Valley Elementary
Interior 1st floor hallway between stairs
WA CountyClark
Site TypePublic School
Address17500 SE Sequoia Circle
Vancouver, WA 98683
Geo. Coordinates45.612743, -122.492467
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