Portal, 1994

Amy Roberts
(American, born 1956)

Location: Rainier Middle School, Auburn


Portal is a glass and metal sculpture created by artist Amy Roberts. This piece is part of her series highlighting contrasting materials. The composition symbolizes how we protect our vulnerability as individuals. She notes, “The exaggerated suggestion of control in the use of heavy metal hardware around the delicate glass forms is further enhanced by the glass being broken in areas. Planes of fractured glass within the structures suggest a precariousness and fragility which may collapse, but is both supported and protected by the huge metal brackets surrounding the glass.”

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


Northwest artist Amy Roberts combines glass elements with various metals and materials to produce abstract sculptures that explore light, form, and symbol. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Northwestern Washington.

Material CategorySculpture - mixed media
MediumPlate glass, copper, and wood
Dimensions30 in x 26 in x 20 in
ID NumberWSAC1995.266.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyAuburn School District
Artwork LocationRainier Middle School
600 wing, hallway across from main gym
WA CountyKing
Site TypePublic School
Address30620 116th Ave. SE
Auburn, WA 98092
Geo. Coordinates47.327430, -122.185404
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