Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Murals turn up in the darndest places these days. This one is near the Franz Outlet Store on SE 45th

RITA A. LEONARD - This beaver painting, which appeared near S.E. 45th and Harney Drive, celebrates a project nearby that was reported a year ago in THE BEE.  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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