Creating a world-class sculpture park is a monumental (no pun intended) undertaking. Begun with vision, enabled by wherewithal, and realized through the alignment of many teams of specialists. Designers, architects, contractors, engineers (environmental, civic and structural, aquatic, geotechnical, mechanical & electrical), landscapers, and more.
Stinger, itself, is the result of the alignment of many aspects of Smith's life. Stricken with tuberculosis as a child, he was quarantined in a cottage apart from his family home. He often occupied himself building models from small medicine boxes. As a young man he worked in the family's tool-making business and took up paintings and drawing. He went on to study architecture, work for Frank Lloyd Wright, design private homes and teach at NYU.
In New York, he befriended avant-garde painters like Pollock and Rothko and began to paint in his own abstract style. Frustrated with architecture (clients changed designs) Smith began to sculpt. By the time he reached fifty-five, the cover of Time proclaimed him the "Master of Monumentalists." This was 1967, the year he started Stinger.
“My initials are A.P.S. (Anthony P. Smith). I used to kid about their meaning Architecture, Painting and Sculpture. But I wasn’t kidding too much; it really felt that way.” -- Tony Smith, 1966
On Saturday morning, under the watchful eye of Mike Hascall, owner of Belltown's own Artech Fine Art Services, two of Stinger's four sections were carefully aligned at the base of an artfully landscaped aspen grove.