At 1:30 p.m., Linda Crow, president of Friends of the Fine Arts Center, and Vicci Rudin, Webster Trust chairwoman, will accept the latest gift to the center’s growing collection. “Pi a la Mode” is the humorous title for a serious piece of sculpture by San Juan Island artist Micajah Bienvenu.
The Pi in question is the mathematical symbol used in circle calculations, not mom’s baked apple treat. Bienvenu has used that character’s flowing post and lintel form to create an impressive entrance gate to the central meadow of Webster’s Woods and to the paths of its sprawling labyrinth. The 7-foot-high “door” is constructed from sheet stainless steel, assembled into highly polished hollow arms and legs, shaped into serpentine curves that glimmer and reflect the encircling corona of foliage.
The piece was installed in 2005 as part of that season’s Art Outside crop and has been on loan since then. A key feature of the art park, the Pi gate quickly became a beloved fixture and the artist extended his initial one-year loan of the sculpture to five years.
The generous purchase of the piece for the center by two Sequim arts patron couples, Harris and Diana Verner and Krys and Gary Gordon, ensures that the Pi will remain in perpetuity, welcoming visitors and sometimes serving as an altar for park weddings and other ceremonies.