Students create Sagert Street sidewalk artwork
Those walking past Atfalati Park on Sagert Street, west of Wampanoag Drive, will now walk by some impressive community artwork permanently imprinted in the sidewalk.
The artwork is part of the traffic safety project tied to the city's bond-funded program, Tualatin Moving Forward, which included a new pedestrian-activated crossing at Sagert Street and Atfalati Park, as well as new sidewalks on the south side of Sagert Street.
"We wanted to find a way to involve the community in the project," Jeff Fuchs, Tualatin's public works director, said in a news release.
The artwork was selected through a contest involving dozens of community members over several months after entry forms were distributed to local public schools and at Tualatin's National Night Out event in August.
Later, members of Tualatin's Diversity Task Force and the Tualatin Art Committee reviewed the submissions and narrowed it down to four imprints.
"It was really hard to choose," said Betsy Ruef, Tualatin's community engagement coordinator. "Everyone was so excited and happy to think that their art was going to be out on the sidewalk for all to see."
Four artists were then selected from more than 50 submissions from Bridgeport Elementary School, Hazelbrook Middle School and Tualatin High School.
Winning artists and their images included Allison Craner, who created the sun and moon; David Damian Jaimes, mammoths; Maya Payne, sugar skull; and Arturo Villaseñor, doves.
Once the art was selected, the Tualatin Public Library got involved, putting some of its high-tech makerspace equipment to work.
Doug Boedenauer, a library employee, used the Library's 3-D carving machine to make molds of the art. Once complete, the molds were used to set the artwork in concrete.
"I've always wanted to put my handprints in wet concrete and this was sort of like that," said Boedenauer. "It was really cool to use our equipment to take the community art and make it into a permanent part of the sidewalk."
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