Mall Level 2, Diamond Head Wing
Wrought from bronze and steel, this piece was originally designed not for visual effect but for tactical purpose and was placed in a sandbox meant for exploration. It was intended to be appreciated not just with the eyes, but felt as well.
Brownlee is known for his modernist architectural creations. He joined the Army after three years of high school and was stationed overseas in occupied Japan working as a topographer. Brownlee received his formal education at Oregon State University and at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1954, he became the first recipient of a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii. The Hawaii chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized Brownlee with a special award for “outstanding contributions of art to architecture.”