Tualatin Lifeblood

Submitted by Jennifer Kuhns Mosaic

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Client: City of Tigard

Location: Tigard, OR, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $35,000

Project Team

carving

Ed Salerno

Tenino Stonecarvers

Landscape Architect

Suenn Ho

Resolve Architecture

Overview

This project consists of seven basalt boulders inlaid with glass mosaic that are placed along a 3/4 -mile pathway. Flora and fauna are incorporated into flowing water mosaic to honor the original inhabitants of the land, the Kalapuya Tribe.

Goals

One goal was to acknowledge the history of the region. The boulders also provide some structural elements on the mostly flat pathway that follows the original railroad that brought goods to the town of Tigard.

Process

I worked with a committee for the City of Tigard, including the director of the local arts department (Tualatin Creates) and a city planner, but most collaboration took place with the landscape architect, Suenn Ho. While developing the proposal, she and I corresponded via phone and email, brainstorming various approaches. I also hired a stone carver, Ed Salerno, to create the inlays in the stone. I worked closely with Laticrete, a manufacturer of tile installation materials, to make sure I used the best products for durability and longevity.

Additional Information

My proposal had just been finalized when the pandemic hit and everything shut down. I was able to transport the boulders to my driveway, where I set up a temporary shelter, and the stone carver came to my location to create the inlays. It was a very unusual time, but having this project provided financial stability and something to focus on, for which I am profoundly grateful.