Flight of the Spectrum, 2019

David Franklin
(American, born 1972)

Location: Seattle World School, Seattle


Northwest artist David Franklin's Flight of the Spectrum is a colorful installation of acrylic birds at Seattle World School. The artwork is inspired by the school's unique mission, which Franklin describes as "In this school we learn to fly together, no matter who you are, or where you come from."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Seattle Public Schools.


David Franklin creates public art in a variety of styles and materials, including metal, glass, and wood. He seeks to create an instant connection between the viewer and his art.

Franklin grew up in Denver, Colorado, and started his art career with graffiti. In the early 1990s, he moved to the Northwest. He began a ten-year apprenticeship with artist and carver Duane Pasco, who has made the study of Indigenous artistic traditions of the Northwest Coast his life’s work. Franklin learned graphic and sculptural skills, and he gained experience with large-scale art fabrication and installation. Some of Franklin's sculptures are influenced by Native American Northwest Coast styles. He lives and works in Indianola, on the Kitsap Peninsula in Western Washington.

MediumPlywood, nylon string, acrylic paint
Dimensions8 ft x 16 ft x 4 ft (overall)
ID NumberWSAC2017.026.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencySeattle Public Schools
Artwork LocationSeattle World School
Cafeteria, far wall, close to the windows
WA CountyKing
Site TypePublic School
Address1700 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Geo. Coordinates47.6132, -122.3095
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