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Granite Rug

Clackamas County Red Soils Campus Plaza Walkway, Oregon City, OR
Dedicated October 29, 2008

Artists: Brian Goldbloom
Budget: $45,000

Project Description At its most basic level, the proposed project is a “granite rug”. It can also be thought of as a history carpet.  In the center of the rug, an opening suggests a fanciful sort of archaeological dig that drops down into the ground in layers.  Together, the rug’s field and layers form a window into the changing uses of the county’s land and water. The gird on the rug’s main field is based on patterns seen in photvoltaic (PV) panels.  Down a step into the hole is reference to the OSU red soil research farm that formerly occupied the immediate campus site.  Down another step, is Willamette Falls as a historic generator of electricity.  Below that, a glimpse of a Native-American fishing platform.  Finally at the base, is the land itself – basalt, red soil & water.

Art Selection Committee

Clackamas County Public Art Steering Committee

Project Management Team
Cheryl Snow, Executive Director, Clackamas County Arts Alliance
Betsy Bostwick, Project Manager, Clackamas County Arts Alliance