Willamette Valley Mosaic

Great blue heron sculpture with students at North Salem High School

Willamette Valley Mosaic is a new public art project for the Straub Environmental Learning Center in Salem, Oregon. Over 300 people created artwork based on the flora and fauna of the Mid Willamette Valley. Children and  families at the Straub Environmental Learning Center, children at North Riverfront Park, youth at North Salem High School, Willamette University and Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility sculpted and painted pieces of the ceramic sculptural relief with artist Lynn Takata.

 


 

 Great blue heron drawing by North Salem High School student Kayla Barnes

 

POETRY

North Salem High School students wrote poetry about the environment with poet Marilyn Johnston. 

The Hills

The rolling hills give way
To the soft banks
To the endless running of the river
To the trees that softly border
The sparkling water’s edge.

Trevor Ragon

 

Depth

A vast open world
bordered by hills and mountains
always changing to fit the water.
As it waves and bends, coming
to a roar and diving deep into the end.
Where the rock is all around
and darkness is all
that can be seen.             

Jesus Flores


 

Student drawing by Fernando Guerrero

 
 

Flying

The wind guides me      
through the sky,
carries me over
nature’s beauty—
sings to me stories
of my ancestors’ streams
and of the tall, ancient trees.

Efrain Arellano

Funded in part by awards from the Oregon Arts Commission and Marion Cultural Development Corp.

Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center

Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center

Oregon Arts Commission
 
Marion Cultural Development Corporation