Untitled, 1987

Patrick Amiot
(Canadian, born 1959)

Location: Michael T Simmons Elementary, Olympia


This sculpture is part of a series of four clay artworks created by artist Patrick Amiot. The works are inspired by local history of the Tumwater area, and the legacy of pioneer Michael T. Simmons. Simmons was one of the first settlers of the Puget Sound. He arrived by wagon train in the 1840s, and was a founder of the settlement at New Market (now Tumwater). This piece depicts a scene in which Simmons and Nisqually Native Americans share stories around a campfire. The smoke of the campfire has come to life as a fantastic monster.

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


Artist Patrick Amiot creates whimsical sculptures and wall reliefs. Recently, he collaborates with his wife, artist Brigitte Laurent to create "Junk Art" sculptures composed from found objects. He studied at Borget College and Collège de Valleyfield, both in Quebec, Canada. He is dyslexic and notes that he experienced difficulties in a formal education setting. He notes, "I found that working with clay gave me a welcome release from school routines."

MediumClay sculpture
Dimensions10 in x 10 in x 20 in
ID NumberWSAC1986.067.003
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationCalifornia, United States
Location Information
AgencyTumwater School District
Artwork LocationMichael T Simmons Elementary
Front desk area
WA CountyThurston
Site TypePublic School
Address1205 South 2nd Avenue
Olympia, WA 98512
Geo. Coordinates47.005667 | -122.911959
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