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West Hills resident looks forward to installing sculpture at The Round's new South Plaza

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Devin Laurence Field crouches inside the top of the 'Three Creeks, One Will' sculpture he's creating for the South Plaza at The Round at Beaverton Central.  Devin Laurence Field has visited The Round at Beaverton Central often enough to know what’s missing.

Little did he know from his earlier visits to dine at the complex’s restaurants that a major lacking element would emerge from his own imagination and two hands.

“I’ve long thought the Beaverton Round needed some major piece of art — something to anchor it,” he says. “I’m happy to be the one to provide it.”

“Three Creeks, One Will,” an 8-foot-wide, 37-and-a-half-foot-tall steel sculpture, is taking shape in Field’s cavernous Northwest Portland workshop. He opened the doors last week to provide a sneak peek of the mammoth project to selected guests and members of the news media.

In a few weeks, the sculpture will go from its prone position amidst clanking tools and welding torch blasts to standing upright as the centerpiece of The Round’s developing South Plaza.

The West Hills resident is transforming an imposing, 7-ton cylinder into a spiraling aqua blue- and-green interpretation of the three creeks — Beaverton, Hall and Wessenger — that converge in the vicinity of The Round complex just north of Southwest Canyon Road. LED-powered flood lights will illuminate the structure at night.

Field, whose public-area sculptures are on display in Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Bend and Monmouth, says the city of Beaverton leaders and members of the arts commission let him pursue his own vision.

“They gave me carte blanche to do what I saw fit for the site. The landscape architects all agreed it needed something tall with a presence to counteract the chimney effect amid the tall buildings in that space,” he observes.

Field, 46, sees the sculpture’s theme as linking Beaverton’s wetlands-based origins with current plans to revitalize long-neglected streams and incorporate them into pedestrian-friendly urban landscapes.

“It represents where we’ve come from and points to where we’re going, in revitalizing the city’s creeks,” he says.

A New Zealand native, Field launched his sculpting career after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1993. The world renown he built over the years culminated in his highest-profile work to date, “One World, One Dream,” a stainless-steel sculpture created for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, situated in Olympic Park between the Bird’s Nest National Stadium and the Water Cube Aquatic Center.

At The Round, Field’s sculpture will stand out among a grove of trees and outdoor gathering spaces with moveable seating. The South Plaza will complement an existing fountain-based landscape facing The Round’s north side, welcoming visitors to the five-story South Office Building, which is set to house Beaverton’s administrative offices by summer 2014 as the new City Hall.

The sculptor admits the city’s $60,000 budget for the plaza artwork created limitations.

“I mostly gave them a good bang for the buck,” he says. “I did the size they wanted. It could’ve been more elaborate: intricate patterns, more interesting things with lighting, using stainless steel. It’s still a great piece. It’s going to have all the things they wanted it to.”

Jayne Scott, the city’s senior program manager for arts and culture, believes Field’s work vividly captures what city leaders and the design committee, which approved “Three Creeks, One Will” in March, wanted the plaza to convey.

“Our art selection committee was blown away with his thoughtful and stunning project proposal, and he was their unanimous selection,” she says. “The work he created is strong and beautiful. I think the community will appreciate the story he tells through the sculpture about the creeks and the will of the people.”

“His sculpture honors our past and is a visual tribute to our collective strength.”

Field, who says he works primarily as a “one-man show” with occasional help from a friend, has focused on “Three Creeks, One Will” for the past couple months. The date for the plaza dedication is fluid at this point, but the sculptor is on track to install his work by later this month.

Despite his world-renowned work, Field admits he’s excited about having a high-profile piece on display just a few miles from the backyard he shares with his wife, Shelley, and their 2-year-old daughter Lia.

“This was an opportunity I was excited about because it’s close to home,” he says. “There’s not a great deal of my pieces in the Portland area, so I’m pleased to do some stuff locally.”

While “Three Creeks, One Will” is a labor of love, Field won’t lament the day the sculpture makes it to The Round — and clears the way for his next project.

“It’s not like I’m giving away my children,” he says. “It was meant to be there. I’ll feel best when it finally makes it there.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The' Three Creeks, One Will' sculpture, which will soon anchor the South Plaza at The Round at Beaverton Central is taking shape at Devin Field's production studio in Northwest Portland.

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