Untitled, 1993

Garth Edwards
(American, born 1950, died 2021)

Location: Airway Heights Correctional Center, Airway Heights


Artist Garth Edwards created these playful cutouts and benches for the visitor's area at Airway Heights Correctional Center. While visiting the facility during planning, Edwards noticed "a certain anxiety during the check-in process." His whimsical images of plants and animals create a welcoming environment for all visitors.

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


Northwest artist Garth Edwards (1950-2021) created playful, figurative works on paper, sculptures, and installations. He worked mainly in metal and stained glass.

Edwards grew up in Portland, Oregon, and studied glassblowing at Portland State University in Oregon and at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Northwestern Washington. He taught at Portland Community College and the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts (both in Oregon), and worked full-time as an artist since 1980.

Material CategorySculpture - other metals
MediumAluminum and maple wood
Dimensions4 ft x 14 ft (overall installation)
ID NumberWSAC1992.141.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Corrections
Artwork LocationAirway Heights Correctional Center
Multiple locations in main public access area and upper administration offices
WA CountySpokane
Site TypeState Agency
Address11919 W. Sprague Avenue
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Geo. Coordinates47.653770, -117.577901
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