McMenamins St. Francis Interiors 2017 — photo 21 of 62: “Beauty And The Bathrooms” by McMenamins artist Patty Forte Linna is one of many works of art gracing the walls of their Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend, Oregon. May 2017. About this painting Patty wrote:
This painting depicts the bathroom sculpture in the Woodshop’s men’s restroom at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell, Washington, and the artist who created it, Cassie. I was lucky enough to watch it take shape before my eyes, working alongside the sculptor during the summer of 2015.Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
I met Cassie on the jobsite, where she was a plumbing supervisor. She came to work each day in overalls, work boots, goggles, and a hard hat, just like all of the workers. The only difference was that she would sport a bit of jewelry. She was one of a small group of women on the jobsite.
One day I noticed her welding pipes into very unusual shapes. Now, I’m not a plumber but I knew enough to recognize that what she was making was not standard piping. Cassie was creating her very first working pipe sculpture that would eventually grace the Woodshop’s bathrooms. For this particular bathroom, she was forming the pipes into the shape of the number ‘12’, a number that has cultural significance in the Seattle area, honoring the fans (the 12th Man) of the Seattle Seahawks.
This was Cassie’s first time creating art sculptures and I think I loved watching them take shape almost as much as she loved creating them. Because I had the opportunity to watch these fabulous art pieces being created first-hand while working alongside the artist for a few months, I wanted to pay homage to both the artist and the art.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article My Pilgrimage to McMenamins St. Francis.