Downtown, Seattle, WA
Located at the NW corner of 7th Avenue & Union Street in downtown Seattle. Several types of giant flowers will bloom atop a large (9' tall x 7' wide) steel flowerpot. In the course of a 15 minute cycle, after they are periodically watered by a watering can, the stalk of blue flowers will open and close. A viewing window will enable viewers to see the interior mechanisms at work. The flowerpot saucer will provide seating, as well as nearby benches. Completed July, 2011.
To celebrate the life of arts patron Mary Shirley, Seattle Art Museum has commissioned Ruffner to create a place at Olympic Sculpture Part to rest, reflect, and enjoy the park. Located slightly north of the Pavilion on the upper Z path, with a spectacular view of the sculpture park. Completed June, 2014. Aluminum with bronze patina. Dimensions: 4 feet high x 9 feet long x 3 feet deep.
Machan School, Phoenix, AZ, a commission from the Phoenix Arts Commission. A barren playground was provided with an "oasis" including shade, seating, drinking water, a sundial and elements that acknowledge and celebrate the bilingual make-up of the students, faculty and neighborhood. Completed 1993.
Artist on the design team, Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA, in collaboration with NBBJ Architects, Seattle, WA. Commissioned by Security Pacific Bank for a non-commercial gallery space in downtown Seattle. Responsible for facade redesign as well as artwork which included 3 - 16' x 8' bronze wings on the facade at various elevations and 6 - 16' x 2.5' laser cut aluminum panels forming a frieze across the front of the building. Completed in 1990, removed in 1997 due to building sale.
The Unified Playing Field Theory, a three part public art project, completed in 1989 at the South Park Community Center. Seattle, WA. Part one: Entry Portal - painted steel and bronze, 26’ x 21’ x 3’. Part two: Center Circle – colored concrete and bronze with scale map of solar system, 36’ diameter, from The Sidewalk Game, a 400 foot long walkway. Part three – glazed ceramic tile wall in the center’s locker room, 10’ x 12’, bearing the handprints of local children and sports heroes.
Artist on the design team, Bellevue Convention Center, Bellevue, WA, in collaboration with Kohn Pederson Fox Architects, New York, NY. Commissioned by the City of Bellevue, WA. A 112' x 44' sculpture of bronze and steel on the east facade responded to the essential nature of a convention center: communication. Visible from the adjacent expressway, the artwork addressed the vehicular viewer as well as the pedestrian. Project not built due to funding and postponed until 1996. In 1996, the project was to resurrected and redesigned. It now consists of two 30' tall aluminum heads engaged in conversation with each other and with the street. Unrealized to date.