Visual Dialogue, 1982

Lynda Rockwood
(American, born 1949)

Location: Valley View Middle School, Snohomish


In 1982, artist Lynda Rockwood created an outdoor sculptural space for contemplation at Snohomish's Valley View Middle School. The artwork's base is in the form of the original school, prior to the renovation that funded the artwork's creation. Thirty years later, Valley View underwent another major reconstruction, prompting the re-siting of Rockwood's work to a new outdoor commons area, where students can again use it as a space to contemplate the world beyond their immediate physical surroundings.

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


Seattle-based artist Lynda Rockwood creates sculptures and installations that incorporate natural imagery and universal symbols.
Rockwood was raised in Randle, Western Washington, a small logging community between Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. She received a Master of Arts degree in Photography from Central Washington University in Ellensburg in 1973. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1978. She served as a Professor of Sculpture at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1985 to 1993. She served as a welding instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle from 1994 to 1996.
In addition to her artistic practice and teaching, Rockwood works as a conservator. She provides fabrication, condition, and restoration consultations for artists, private collectors, and public collections.

Material CategorySculpture - other metals
MediumBronze and concrete
Dimensions10 ft x 10 ft x 20 ft
ID NumberWSAC1982.016.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencySnohomish School District
Artwork LocationValley View Middle School
Exterior commons
WA CountySnohomish
Site TypePublic School
Address14308 Broadway St SE
Snohomish, WA 98290
Geo. Coordinates47.867754, -122.103585
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