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Vereinigung

Connie Watts

Harborview Medical Center

Animal figures speak to the harmony of life in this suspended sculpture.

Connie Watts. Vereinigung, 1997. Birch plywood and hardwood dowels. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford

This monumental sculpture is suspended in the lobby of Harborview Medical Center’s Ninth and Jefferson Building. Mixed-media artist and designer Connie Watts created it while recovering from a serious head injury caused by a car accident—its making was part of her healing process.

Three animal figures featured in Vereinigung reflect and inform the artist’s spirit: the wolf as hunter, the bear as protector, and the raven as trickster. In the Northwest Coast cultural tradition, totems are associated with clan; Watts integrated these animal figures with human forms to speak to the harmony of all life. She has also adapted tradition to create the intricate and multi-dimensional imagery using contemporary materials and methods that bring together “past and present, human and animals, space and body, real and abstract," she says.
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Connie Watts. Vereinigung, 1997. Birch plywood and hardwood dowels. Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Spike Mafford
Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997. Birch plywood, hardwood dowels.
© Connie Watts, Vereinigung, 1997, Birch plywood and hardwood dowels (detail), Photo by Spike Mafford
 
 

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Harborview Medical Center

For more than a century, Harborview Medical Center has functioned as a unique community and regional resource. It is a county hospital, a teaching and research institution, a regional trauma and burn center, and the primary health care provider for many low-income and disenfranchised people in the community. Harborview embraces its mission of treating everybody,…

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