Walla Walla Bound - Poetic License, 2008

Buster Simpson
(American, born 1942)

Location: Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla


Buster Simpson's 'Poetic License' uses the words of local poets inspired by the Mill Creek watershed, stamped onto license plates created at the nearby State Penitentiary. The artwork draws attention to the creative and prison sectors that are key to Walla Walla's community and economy. The license plate background colors distinguish one poem from the next.

You can also see and read more about the creation of this artwork in a booklet created by artist Buster Simpson. It is linked as a PDF under "Lesson Plans and Documents".

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections and Walla Walla Community College.


Seattle-based artist Buster Simpson creates conceptual sculptures and public art installations with an emphasis on our relationship to urban growth, the structure of our communities, and our interaction with the environment.

Material CategorySculpture - coated metals
MediumPainted aluminum
Dimensions6 ft x 12 ft
ID NumberWSAC2004.056.002
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyWalla Walla Community College
Artwork LocationWalla Walla Community College
Near Mill Creek Trail and baseball fields
WA CountyWalla Walla
Site TypeCollege
Address500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Geo. Coordinates46.076892 | -118.278714
Before VisitingSome artworks may be located in areas not accessible to the general public (especially in K-12 public schools). Consider contacting the site prior to a visit to ensure access.