Kirkland is the artist behind Science Plaza. In addition
to his work at the Science Center, Larry has created art
for special places around the world, including Putra
World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kansai
International Airport in Osaka, Japan; Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and the
Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.
graduated from Oregon State University in 1972 and received
his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of
Kansas in 1974. He served as a professor at in the art
department at OSU until he established his own studio
in 1976; since that time he has focused on creating artworks
for public spaces.
has recently finished collaborations with design professionals
and community leaders to create meaningful places for
The Baptist Nemours Children's Hospital, Jacksonville,
Florida and the , Sacramento, California. He is currently
involved as a design team member on the new clinical center
for the National
Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Other current
projects include the National
Academies of Science in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania
Station in New York City, and The American Red Cross Headquarters
in Washington, D.C.
was recently honored as Distinguished Alumni of the Year
by Oregon State University. He has also been a recipient
of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He currently serves on the Design Excellence Peer Review
Panel for the Art and Architecture Design Excellence Program
of the U.S. General Services Administration.
is also dedicated to public service and has served on
many non-profit boards, art selection panels and architectural
award juries. His involvement with the Oregon HIV Research
and Education Group and other community leaders led to
the creation of Art/Aids, a community effort to raise
funds for long term care of those with HIV as well as
educate the general population to the compassionate care
and understanding of those living with AIDS.
1993, Larry relocated to Washington D.C. He works part
of the year in a studio in Carrara, Italy, and continues
to fabricate much of the work in the Pacific Northwest.