Public art finds a home at The Windward in Lake Oswego
Developers of The Windward promised from the start to incorporate public art into the mixed-use project in downtown Lake Oswego. On Tuesday, that promise was kept when crews from the city's Arts Council installed three sculptures along the walkway between First and Second streets.
The new additions include "Aspens," the 2017 People's Choice winner; "Compliment II," a piece dedicated to former Mayor Judy Hammerstad; and "Sail," a recent addition to Lake Oswego's popular Gallery Without Walls collection.
"Aspens," crafted from powder-coated steel and painted enamel by Reven Marie Swanson, came to the gallery in 2015 as one of 15 sculptures in the rotating exhibit. It became part of the city's permanent collection in 2017 and was located near Fourth Street and A Avenue (in front of Safeway) before being placed into storage during The Windward's construction.
"Compliment II," made of glass and stainless steel by Merrilee Moore, was originally located on the Wizer Block as part of the city's permanent collection. When construction of The Windward began, it was relocated to Boones Ferry Road. Now, it's back in its original location.
Rodger Squirrell sculpted "Sail" from stainless steel and aluminum. It was located off Third Street behind the Main Fire Station after joining the rotating collection in 2016. Donations from PHK Development, Liz Gage and family, Don and Ruth Caldwell and Eric J. Weberg made it part of the permanent collection; now it, too, will be located along the public walkway at The Windward — just in time for the project's official grand-opening celebration on July 12.
The celebration, which is scheduled from 4-7 p.m., will include live music, food, drink and tours of the projects apartments and amenities. For more information, visit www.livethewindward.com.
— Gary M. Stein