Fledge, 2019

Anne Storrs
(American, born 1953)

Location: Desert Hills Middle School, Kennewick


Fledge by Anne Storrs was inspired by a red-tailed hawk pair who was nesting close by. The hawk couple were often spotted by the artist and students during the creation and installation of the sculpture. Mounted on an exterior wall, the artwork looks like a tall tree with a nest in its branches that contains a red hawk feather. The artwork also tells the story of the Desert Hills Middle School students who, like the hawk chicks, are ready to fly.

The plaque says: "Two hawks make a nest in an isolated tree. The female lays eggs, warms them until they hatch. She continues to brood while the male gathers food for the mother to feed the chicks. Soon the young are ready to fly."

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


Portland, Oregon-based artist Anne Storrs creates sculptures inspired by natural forms, and they often involve pattern and repetition. Her work includes small ceramic pieces as well as large-scale installations in metal, concrete, ceramic, and stone.

MediumStainless steel and automotive paint
Dimensions26 ft x 12 ft 6 in x 30 in (overall)
ID NumberWSAC2018.002.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyKennewick School District
Artwork LocationDesert Hills Middle School
Exterior, South wall, Near west corner
WA CountyBenton
Site TypePublic School
Address1701 S. Clodfelter Rd.
Kennewick, WA 99338
Geo. Coordinates46.193784, -119.252924
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