New Public Art finds Common Threads in Beaverton’s History and Future
The first of four public artworks has been installed near the site of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
, currently under construction. The work adorns the Beaverton Central District parking garage and can be seen at SW Rose Biggi and SW Crescent Avenues. The giant seven-story tall artwork was created with perforated painted aluminum panels and artwork was designed by local artist team Addie Boswell, Van Cooley, Sara Siestreem, and Antwoine Thomas. The artwork shows two child artists, representing the creative future, growing out of Beaverton's history. Repeated patterns reference the bounty of nature, Indigenous art forms and modern industry.
The young artists are depicted--involved in their work--representing the creative future of the area. They grow out of the history of the bottom half, which is grounded by native plant species including the Oregon White Oak, acorns, horseradish and more. A beaver dam also grounds the piece, as the beaver’s work on the swampland created the fertile conditions that that encourage the diversity of agriculture we see today.
There are three basket-weave patterns included (copyright Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) that draw from the indigenous history of the area. The basic plaiting is made of dried cat-tails, the crab basket pattern in the girl’s dress represents water, earth, and sky in its twining, and the diamond shapes in the boy’s shirt are traditional symbols of the salmonberry. This is the first berry to appear in spring and is thought to give the salmon directional help for spawning.
Each smaller patterned square at the bottom represents a further piece of Beaverton history and further information can be found at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Arts
“Common Threads” was made possible through the City of Beaverton’s 1% for Art Program.
Check it out on the corner of SW Rose Biggi and SW Crescent Avenues!
Arts Foundation launches final fundraising campaign for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
Keep up to date with the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts construction by viewing the live construction camera
The Beaverton Arts Foundation has launched $100K in 100 Days to close the gap on the funds needed in the community campaign to build the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts. All gifts of any size ($5, $10, $100, or $1,000 to purchase a seat plaque in the theater) received between the dates of February 1 and May 11 will be counted toward the $100K in 100 Days goal. To learn more or make a gift, visit centerfortheartscampaign.org/100K