New art work conjures images from artists hired by the U.S. Works Progress Administration during President Franklin Roosevelt's administration.

COURTESY: WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER - The new Willamette River poster.In a nod to art popular during the 1930s, the Willamette Riverkeeper has commissioned a new poster celebrating the 187-mile-long river running through downtown Portland.

Designed by Chris Marron, the 187 Miles of Wonder poster evokes the style popularized by the Works Progress Administration during the New Deal era, when artists created images to honor national parks and monuments.

The Willamette River has never before been honored in this way, says Travis Williams, executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper, who had been thinking about this type of treatment for years.

The environmental nonprofit leads trips down the river and advocates to protect it and clean it up. Williams has been a key player in monitoring the federal Superfund cleanup of the river, an 18-year project, and counting, to remove contamination in the river north of downtown.

"Frankly what the Willamette River offers for wildlife and people has been under-recognized over the years," Williams says. "It seems a fitting time to honor an amazing natural feature that is so close to so many people — and one that belongs to the public."

Framed or unframed prints can be purchased at

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