Camano Island Library to dedicate sculpture Sept. 26

Camano sculpture Pillar of Wisdom

The Camano Island Library will dedicate “Pillar of Wisdom,” a Columbian basalt outdoor public sculpture crafted by artist Josh Henrie, on Sept. 26 at the library.

The celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. will include light refreshments and a dedication ceremony at 2:15 p.m. The public is invited.

Henrie, a carver for more than 20 years, was born and raised in Bellingham. His pieces reflect local themes.

“Just like the coast, my sculptures are rugged, tough, graceful, smooth and worn down, giving the viewer a chance to follow the journey of the stone as it is brought to life,” said Henrie. 

As a tribute to the new library building, which opened on Aug. 1, the sculpture was made possible by donations from the Camano Island Library Friends, the Citizens for a Camano Library, and 66 individual contributors. 

This is the first of seven pieces of that will be installed at the library, all made possible by donations. Each piece will be dedicated and permanently placed in the library. The deadline for the second call for art submissions is Sept. 15. Information is online at