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Jana Charl of Haycreek Ranch uses found scrap metal to create sculptural works of art

PMG PHOTO: KIVA HANSON - Jana Charl stands next to her statue, Flora, with the team from Redmond Public Works that installed her sculpture in downtown Redmond.

Jana Charl, who creates art at Haycreek Ranch, has joined artists in the city of Redmond's "Art Around the Clock" public art gallery.

Her statue, Flora, stands nearly seven feet tall without the base, and is named after the Roman goddess of flowering plants.

Flora is created from scrap metal, a medium often utilized by Charl.

Charl is often inspired by the discarded and left behind materials of the ranch her studio sits on. She often uses scrap metal discarded by ranch hands, like bent nails or broken machinery.

"The guys on the ranch like to see thing they're using everyday as art," shared Charl. "This piece is made up of things that I have just found on the ranch."

Flora is on exhibit in Redmond, at the corner of Fifth St. and Dogwood Ave. It will remain there for the next two years, as the city installs new art on a rotating basis.

Charl is also being featured in an exhibit in Portland, at the Multnomah Arts Center. The exhibit, entitled "A Crack in The Concrete Where The Wildflower Grows," will run from July 1 to August 6. The exhibit features a large body of Charl's sculptural work, featuring wildflowers made of scrap and found metal materials. More information about the show can be found online at www.multnomahartscenter.org.

COURTESY JANA CHARL - The statue, Flora, stands at nearly seven feet tall, and is made from salvaged materials from Haycreek Ranch.


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