Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center Opens at WSU

The new Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center at the entrance to the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington was designed to promote cultural awareness and celebration of heritage for the students at the University and the surrounding community. It was designed by GGLO Architects, Seattle, “Inspired by an indigenous philosophy of respect and interdependence between humans and nature.”  Judith and Daniel Caldwell were commissioned to create a series of artworks, both interior and exterior, for the project.

Short clip with Judith Caldwell at 8:17 and images of the Sacred Earth Circle in the meditation building can be seen at 9:19

Making Sand Molds Making to Surf Music

Judith is working at the machine that is the heart of the Caldwell Sculpture Studio practice, a vintage Palmer 50-pound-per-minute continuous sand mixer, rebuilt and modified for the Furan binder system used to make the molds. She is ramming a mold for the Hesutin Waterfall, a water feature that took 40 bronze castings to make, which means she rammed at least eighty mold sections. The surf music has a great rhythm for this work, and garnered a “like” from a surf shop in New Zealand when it appeared on Instagram!