Harnish Wayside gets one of eight murals along with two sculptures

A look at the mural in the Little Butte Creek Fish and Wildlife room. The mural depicts the creek habitat.
A look at the mural in the Little Butte Creek Fish and Wildlife room. The mural depicts the creek habitat.

The first of the eight murals to be placed at Harnish Wayside is in place along with two of
the sculptures.
The  "Little Butte Cross Section" can be seen in the Little Butte Fish & Wildlife Room. Artist Ali Pearson gathered information about the habitat found in and near the creek. In addition to the fish, she has included a wide variety such as ducks, a crawdad and  a deer standing at the edge of the creek, just to name a few of the critters that can be found in and near the stream. They are all as part of the 6×8 ft. mural. Pearson said it took nearly 80 hours to construct. Take time to look closely at the detail and the variety and it is understandable why it took so many hours.

You may have the feeling you will need to duck as you enter Harnish to
avoid being attack by an Eagle. The life-sized eagle with a seven foot
wing span is suspended in the foyer. It is carved urethane foam with a
fiberglass coating. It is so real in appearance that when it was
transferring from the preparation room outdoors to a drying room,
nearby chickens fled in fear they were about to be attacked.
second of the seven sculptures that will be placed over the next
several months can be found at the entrance to the fish and wildlife
room. It is a life-sized beaver sitting on snow covered stump
apparently having just enjoyed a treat from the trunk of an aspen tree.
One can even see its tracks in the snow. Again, it can be touched. It
is sculpted of epoxy with a tale made of urethane. The tree, rock and
snow are plaster and fiberglass. The wood chips around it are real.
month Pearson will be back to put in place the flag mural, which is
also a 6×8 ft. mural and the mural of the Takelma Indians in their pit
houses along the creek.
When Pearson completes the project
in April, she will have done four 4×14 ft. murals, two 5×8 ft. murals
and two 6×8 ft. murals as well as the seven sculptures.
is a graduate of Colorado College and has a masters in fine arts from
the San Francisco Art Institute. She has done murals at numerous places
including the Yosemite Interpretative Center, Smithsonian and the Santa
Barbara Natural History Museum, to name a few.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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