Fritts, Owen

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“My work is facet or flow:

simple, clean, interactive, nature-inspired, locally relevant with embedded narratives, and cultural meaning.”

For the past thirty years, Owen Williams Fritts has been designing, fabricating, and overseeing the creation of sculptures, architecture, interiors, and interactive environments for public, corporate, and private use. Among his many clients over the years include Nike, Disney, Microsoft, Merrill, Trek, Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Seattle Public Library, Old Navy and RedBull. In 2005, he launched the company Solidcore which today continues as a sculpture, jewelry, and interactive design and fabrication studio. In 2008, as a service to communities, he created the Earthaware Foundation Arts Education system with hands-on 3D sculpture-making and environmental awareness programs designed for an international audience. Earthaware workshops have been created for children and adults around the world from Haiti to Malaysia, Kashmir to New Zealand and India to South Africa. The most recent Earthaware project was created for refugee children in Juarez, Mexico.
In 2021, Owen relocated to Naalehu where he currently runs OhiaHale Studios with a focus on both architectural scale sculptures and interactive public art experiences involving kinetic objects, advanced LED lighting integration, and video technologies. Through this multi-media approach, he conveys narratives aligned with the client programs. To stay connected to the next generation of artists, designers, and thinkers, he accepts public speaking engagements typically involving themes of art-meets-nature-meets-culture, and occasionally teaches at art schools and design universities. Owen also spent five years on the Board of Directors of the Architecture+Design Museum of Los Angeles, CA (A+D Museum).

Owen Williams Fritt’s work will be featured in the Niaulani’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, “Worth of Water.”   Volcano Art Center hopes to honor the life-giving waters of the Hawaiian rainforest with this diverse collection of outdoor sculptures. Visit the Niaulani sculpture garden in person to see his work.


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