The work of Seattle sculptor Julie Speidel is heavily influenced by ancient forms and monuments. As a teenager, she lived in the British Isles and was fascinated by the pre-historic ruins she saw in England, Ireland, and Scotland, including the stone monoliths at Newgrange and Stonehenge. Her work in both bronze and stone reflects the primitive nature of these structures and others she found on wide travels throughout Europe and Asia.
Speidel was born in 1941 in Seattle, Washington. She studied in Seattle at the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute, and in France at the University of Grenoble. Her work can be found in museums, corporate collections, and at three U.S. embassies. Her 24-foot sculpture Tregaseal adorns the lawn of the Federal Courthouse at 5th and Madison in downtown Seattle.
Julie Speidel's 78-inch bronze scupture, Byblos, stands guard over the Allen Center at the north end of the Alberg Terrace (6th floor). The photo on the right shows Byblos waiting patiently at Speidel's workshop on Vashon Island, Washington.
Art in the Allen Center