Wind Pavillion, 1997

Anita Margrill
(American, born 1937)

Location: Town of Steilacoom, Steilacoom


Artist Anita Margrill created 'The Wind Pavilion' as a wind-activated sculpture at Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom. As wind moves across the beach, the roof of the four-posted structure opens and closes. She integrated the structure with a water-spray shower, used by beach-goers. The four wooden poles represent the cardinal directions. She notes, "Our dynamic of setting space in motion, through wind power, emulates the rhythmic variables of people moving across the site, the ebb and flow and surges of the Sound, even the turbulence of the people-activated water spray shower. Standing in 'The Wind Pavilion,' one will see the dancing shadows of the kinetic roof above, cast as ever-changing patterns on the concrete floor and grass below."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


California-based artist Anita Margrill creates environmental artworks and installations for public spaces. Her work explores the relationship between art, architecture, technology, often integrating natural elements like sunlight, wind, and water.
She was born in New York City. She attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College in Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City University of New York School of Architecture and Environmental Studies. She received a Master of Arts degree in interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University.

MediumWood and steel on concrete slab, water spray
Dimensions26 ft height x 25 ft diameter
ID NumberWSAC1994.010.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationCalifornia, United States
Location Information
AgencyTown of Steilacoom
Artwork LocationTown of Steilacoom
Sunnyside Park, Steilacoom
WA CountyPierce
Site TypeOther
Address1030 Roe Street
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Geo. Coordinates47.177520 | -122.590287
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