BEND, OR -- The Reed Market Road and 15th Street roundabout will undergo a transformation Friday. The southeast Bend intersection is finally getting its art installation. "Three Rising" was created by Seattle-bases sculptor Ulrich Pakker.
Pakker says he's been interested in having his work showcased in Central Oregon for a long time, "For every roundabout, there is a contest, where there is a call for art, or artists, and you throw your hat in the ring and hope to make the final cut." He tells KBND News, "That is my first one in Central Oregon. Not that I haven't been in the running for others, but being in the running and actually getting it are two different things. I've been a finalist for a roundabout there more than 10 years ago. It took 10 years to turn it into a reality."
When he contemplated what kind of piece to present to the Roundabout Art Panel, he says the grouping of three crescent-shaped structures seemed especially fitting, "Each of these pieces, being made of stainless steel and internally lit, from a distance, with the lighting, they have a certain slope, a'la the slopes on a mountain, such as a volcano; and since your region is so saturated with volcanoes, it seemed like a natural."
Friday's installation ceremony begins at the roundabout at 9:30 a.m.
Photo: Artist Rendering