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The Island Gallery
106 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110

Tel. 206-780-9500
Fax. 206-780-7811
For more information, contact
Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner

September 19, 2005. For immediate release.


Exhibition Dates: September 30-October 31, 2005
Reception to Meet the Artist: Friday, September 30, 2005, 6-8 p.m.

Erik Lindbergh’s twin passions of flight and art are celebrated in a showing of his sculpture and furniture at The Island Gallery during the month of October. Erik combines a strong feeling for the art that exists in nature with an understanding of technology and its potential to affect quality of life and shape the future. An innovative and insightful wood and metal sculptor, his work demonstrates his skill at reflecting the tensions and synergies between the beautiful organic nature of who we are, and where we live, and our dreams and desires to explore unfamiliar territory and expand the human potential.

The beauty of Erik’s art comes not just from the skill of his carving, but also from the artistic sense of choice of material. He says that he has always been the guy you see picking up interesting driftwood, carrying home the neat piece of wood from an outing, or digging around in a pile of old lumber for “just the right piece.” You see the results of his eye. The sculpture, Evolution of Spirit, reveals Erik’s innate feel for both the subject and his skill in bringing that feeling to the rest of us. Using clear native cedar, he has carefully selected naturally feathered pieces of wood to fashion the horizontal stabilizers that give the plane, not only a feeling of connection with its avian predecessors, but also a feeling of speed. His bronze rockets suggest his humor. Looking like the craft that launched Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers across the galaxy, they combine the wonder of the early views of space flight with the reality of the current challenges. Another work, composed of beautiful pieces of Northwest Madrone wood, was inspired by the Lockheed single-engine float plane flown by his grandparents in a trip to the Orient in 1931. Designed as a child’s cradle, it has a 72” wing-span, a pounded copper cowling, a mahogany propeller, and a burgundy velvet “cockpit” for the baby. Rubbing his hands along the polished wood he enthuses over the properties of the wood. “The plane’s a beauty, he says, “but of course,” he now grins, “it has the glide characteristics of a stick.” Erik Lindbergh’s work, however, has different glide characteristics: his art is soaring.

The Island Gallery show coincides with the 2005 X Prize Cup Week held in New Mexico during the first week of October and with worldwide celebrations of World Space Week, marking the anniversary of SpaceShipOne, the first private manned winner of the Ansari XPrize in 2004 and Sputnik, the first orbital launch in 1957. Erik is taking an active part in XPrize Week.

Background of the Artist.

Erik’s grandfather, Charles Lindbergh, flew the first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Erik continues his grandfather’s legacy through adventures in space and artistry. In 2002, he retraced his grandfather’s New York to Paris flight in a small single engine aircraft. Erik’s journey, documented by the History Channel, raised money for charity and prompted a call from the President recognizing his flight as inspiring the country after the tragedy of September 11.

Erik is vice chairman of the Lindbergh Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering his grandparents’ vision of balancing technological advances with environmental preservation; and a Trustee of the XPrize Foundation which promotes commercial and private passenger space flight. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and lives in an environmentally efficient straw bale house in the area. Having successfully coped with rheumatoid arthritis from a young age, he often speaks at gatherings about these challenges and overcoming adversity.

The Island Gallery - Contemporary adaptations of ancient artistic traditions: Indonesian Textile Art, Wood-Fired Ceramics and Wood Objects from Northwest Artists. A portion of the Gallery’s profits help support the non-profit Institute for Cross Cultural Art, promoting the preservation and development of traditional art forms and facilitating interaction of artists.