A couple in bronze strolled straight out of the early 1900s and into downtown Gresham as the latest public art was unveiled last weekend.
"Sunday at the Carnegie," is a statue that memorializes the founding residents of Gresham and the 1913 completion of the historic Carnegie Library, now Gresham History Museum, 410 N. Main Ave.
Bronzed by prolific sculptor Heather Soderberg-Green, the piece depicts a couple walking arm-in-arm donning traditional garb at the turn of the century. There is no name attached to the 850-pound sculpture as a way to allow every Gresham resident to imagine their own ancestors in the statue.
"This is a piece of art that celebrates Gresham's history," said Judy Han during the Sunday, May 23, dedication.
The statue was commissioned by Gresham Outdoor Public Art, and partly funded through a city of Gresham arts grant. Soderberg-Green began the piece back in 2019, but the unveiling was delayed due to COVID-19.
This is the latest bronze sculpture completed by Soderberg-Green for Gresham. She previously did "Driscoll" the guide dog; "Mr. Gresham" depicted Todd Kirnan; "Blue" the heron; and "Bless Our Nest" a family of ducks. All of those pieces can be found along Main Avenue.
"Because of Heather's generosity we have been able to bring art to Gresham," Han said.
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