Flow, 2017

Paul Sorey
(American, born 1956)

Location: Tahoma High School, Maple Valley


Flow is part of a sculptural installation by artist Paul Sorey, commissioned for Tahoma High School. It features bold curves of stainless steel that resemble a winding river and reeds. It connects to a companion sculpture, the free-standing 'Flower', via a curved river of dark-colored concrete at the building's entrance. Sorey's inspiration comes from the nearby Cedar River, which flows through Maple Valley and provides local drinking water. He notes, "A river flows; it shapes the landscape and lives in the minds and hearts of people who live near it. Young plants receive nourishment from the endless supply of water and minerals, enabling them to grow and mature. In much the same way an institution of learning nourishes hungry minds with a flow of information, ideas and experiences which help to bring about the flowering of each individual."

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


Seattle-based artist Paul Sorey creates sculptural installations for public spaces. His artworks are inspired by natural forms and geometry. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture from Bethany College in Kansas, he studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, receiving a second Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University. He received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993.

MediumStainless steel
Dimensions30 ft x 80 ft x 2 ft
ID NumberWSAC2016.009.001
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyTahoma School District
Artwork LocationTahoma High School
Exterior wall to the right of main entrance
WA CountyKing
Site TypePublic School
Address23499 SE Tahoma Way
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Geo. Coordinates47.357494, -122.027500
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