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Ginny Ruffner

Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist who works in a variety of media.  Her glass sculptures helped create the field of torchworked glass art world-wide. Besides images of other artworks, this website contains images of the 30 foot tall, kinetic water feature she created in downtown Seattle. There are images of metal sculptures, glass sculptures, paintings, public art, pop-up books, and commissions.  A resume provides a list of the museums in which Ruffner’s work is included. The ‘NOTEWORTHY EVENTS’ section below explores some of the ongoing projects and events.

Current Projects

  • Poetic Hybrids Augmented Reality Tour

    Screen from Poetic HybridsOriginally inspired by interviews with genetic research scientists, Poetic Hybrids incorporates real time human creation with augmented reality to illustrate improbable hybrids with holograms. This project gives the audience an opportunity to influence the creation of holographic sculptures, first by choosing the components and then by ‘painting’ on the holograms.


Noteworthy Events

  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Urban Garden, Seattle
  • Chandelier commission for Huntsville Museum of Art

Olympic Sculpture Park

Bench drawing and modelSeattle Art Museum, Commission

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.

Urban Garden

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.

Commissioned chandelier for Huntsville Museum of ArtCommission for Women's Guild of Huntsville Museum of Art to commemorate their 50th anniversary

Installed July 2016


Dimensions:  8' X 6' X 8'

Materials:  Steel & glass

Created in collaboration with George C. Scott Studios