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Woodburn seeks input on what type of artwork would best adorn its salient water tower

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Woodburn water tower is scheduled for maintenance in 2020, and a beautification element is part of the plan.Woodburn's salient water tower near the south end of downtown may seem a tad drab and uninspiring at first sight.

But the landmark is scheduled for maintenance work in 2020, and a couple of civic teams are working together to brighten it up as part of that work.

City of Woodburn announced that Public Arts and Mural Committee is working with Public Works to incorporate art into the maintenance work on the tower, which is adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Cleveland and First streets.

The art committee has presented three conceptual designs for the work, and the city welcomes public input. Residents are urged to take a short survey at

. The survey includes each of the three renderings and provides space for comments as well.

City officials stress that art selected for this project should be a representation of the life, vitality and diversity Woodburn offers to its residents, community and visitors. The artwork will be in place for a significant amount of time, so feedback ahead of the project is important.

The city will collect that feedback and provide additional opportunities for input, including a public hearing, prior to the project's inception.

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