Pacific Winds, 1988

Steve Jensen
(American, born 1955)

Location: Yakima Valley College, ,


Artist Steve Jensen's sculpture Pacific Winds is inspired by the flow and movement of water. Rising up above the viewer's head on a concrete column, this piece also suggests the quality of sea air in the Pacific Northwest. He notes, "The sea is ingrained in my heritage. My Norwegian father, and his father before him, were fishermen. I grew up on and around the water. The sea is likewise a part of our collective heritage. It is the life force in our world."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Yakima Valley Community College.


Seattle-based artist Steve Jensen creates carved wooden and metal sculptures. Growing up on his father's fishing boat, his artworks are influenced by Norwegian carving, boat-building, and fishing traditions. He notes, "I come from a long tradition of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders. The chisels I use have been passed from my grandfather to my father to me. The craftsmanship of my work speaks to the universality and the timelessness of carving."

Material CategorySculpture - other metals
MediumAluminum and concrete
Dimensions9 ft x 4 ft 8 in x 17 in
ID NumberWSAC1992.101.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyYakima Valley College
Artwork LocationYakima Valley College
Hopf Union Building (HUB), Central courtyard, Outside bookstore entrance
WA CountyYakima
Site TypeCollege
AddressWest Nob Hill Blvd. & South 16th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98902
Geo. Coordinates46.586590, -120.528597
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