Beaver mural on Harney Drive celebrates cooperation with nature
Last fall in THE BEE, David Ashton reported the Portland Parks and Recreation's alleviation of a flooding problem caused by a beaver dam constructed behind the Franz Bakery Outlet at S.E. 45th and Harney Drive, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. By installing a device called a "beaver deceiver", flooding was minimized, while allowing beavers and ducks to flourish at the site.
Now, a year later, the beavers have received their own recognition, in the form of a colorful mural painted next to the Franz store on the side of a metal shipping container. In it, two beavers crouch on a bank, in the shade of white trilliums and hovering dragonflies, receiving thanks from a group of fish who are also enjoying the pond they've created.
Cooperation between mankind and nature has resulted in this case in a satisfactory solution that benefits both people and animals in this PPR project – a satisfactory solution commemorated in public art.
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