Sculpture and Public Art

In 1989 Boyden started to produce cast bronze works and in 1991 he was awarded several large commissions.  Among these are the Vietnam Memorial on a cliff above the ocean at Newport, Oregon, the monumental bronze pieces at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon and the production of a garden with standing stones and bronze pieces at the forensics building of the Oregon State Hospital.  Since then Boyden has produced monumental wind pieces in Portland, designed and made the William Stafford Memorial Standing Stones on a point overlooking the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and in collaboration with his friend and sculptor Brad Rude of Walla Walla, Washington, designed and made highly complex installations at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon  and the Interactivator Tables that accompany all stations of the TriMet Commuter Rail line from Beaverton to Wilsonville, Oregon.

It seems appropriate to say that much of the success of the public art and sculpture stems from Boyden’s long held belief that his art reflect and literally grow from the immediate environment it was conceived to inhabit.  Perhaps this attitude comes from the same attention he has given his intimate place-based work in ceramics.  With the sculpture and public art there is never a sense that an object has been made beyond the place where it exists.  Everything is in context.

Frank Boyden’s work is found in numerous public and private collections.  To view, please see the collections list in his resumé.