Flowering Diversity, 2021

Etsuko Ichikawa
(Japanese, born 1963)

Location: Foster High School, Tukwila


Flowering Diversity by Etsuko Ichikawa is a free-standing circular bench at Foster High School. Its imagery includes a yin and yang pattern with colorful dots and a bold flower of life pattern in black-and-white. Ichikawa's main idea is to celebrate the cultural diversity of Foster High School and the surrounding communities in Tukwila, as well as a sense of harmony and fostering. She hopes the artwork is welcoming to everyone, and is a place for people to gather. She also sees it as connecting the past, present, and future of Tukwila.

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


Artist Etsuko Ichikawa creates conceptual sculptures, site-specific installations, performance art, and mixed-media artworks. She is known for her "glass pyrograph" abstract drawings made with fire by scorching paper with molten glass. She is also a filmmaker, and activist.
Ichikawa was born in Tokyo, Japan and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tokyo Zokei University. She moved to Washington State in 1993 to attend Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Northwestern Washington. She worked as a studio assistant for Dale Chihuly for eight years. Ichikawa has worked as an independent, full-time artist since 2003.

MediumTerrazzo and zinc
Dimensions24 1/2 in high x 18 ft diameter
ID NumberWSAC2020.012.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyTukwila School District
Artwork LocationFoster High School
Exterior, in the central courtyard
WA CountyKing
Site TypePublic School
Address4242 S 144th ST
Tukwila, WA 98168
Geo. Coordinates47.474866, -122.280253
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