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Eye River, Route to the River
SE Clay Education Plaza and Green Street,
Portland, OR   2011-2014

Eye River - rainwater garden with cast steel and fused glass sculpture 

Rainwater garden, kiosk with green roof  and cast steel and Eye River sculpture.

The Eye River sculpture references the historic 'log dog' form, a tool used to create log rafts. It has a direct connection to the working waterfront which was the site of the Inman Poulson Lumber Mill which supplied saw dust as fuel to Station L, a steam plant constructed by PGE. Rainwater garden, kiosk and cast steel and fused glass sculpture.

Route to the River


This 12 block project running from a residential neighborhood to the Willamette River and the Eastbank Esplanade. It is a Green Street conversion that includes a Community Design Plan, Water Education Plaza, stormwater swales, seating, way finding with pedestrian and bicycle amenities. As part of both the historical information and way finding, there are 3 Eye River sculptures each telling a different part of the story: history/industry, way finding, and route to the river/water.

Layered Watershed Maps

Fused Glass

Eye River Walking Tour

Clay Street performance /Tour, presented as part of Open Engagement Conference on Social Practice, Portland, Oregon, May 2010

Clay Street Tour

The Route to the River, is a tour that begins at the residential neighborhood of Ladd’s Addition and moves through the SE industrial area to the Willamette River.

This neighborhood is a place with a rich urban history and a balance between community, commerce and environmental concerns. At one time the area was largely industrial with a lumber mill, power plant, a railroad yard and working docks. The power plant known as Station L generated steam from the mountain of sawdust produced by … Paulson’s Lumber Yard making it an early example of commercial bio-fuel. 


Participants stop to meet the neighbors, learn about local businesses, see the initial stages of the new green street plan, explore the area’s amazing energy history and last but not least ponder Portland’s constantly evolving relationship with the Willamette.

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