Art Installations

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Art Installations

Whether on foot, by car or by bike, there’s opportunity for everyone to enjoy storefront art installations throughout downtown Eugene. Installations are included on our Downtown Art Tour map which will be available soon.

Jud Turner Naseem Heron 2022 Art Installation

Naseem, the Great Blue Heron

Jud Turner | Welded steel, found objects, chrome, glass 

Viewable August 5-11, 2022

Downtown Riverfront Park 

Presented by ArtCity 

Jud Turner learned early on to reinterpret the man-made industrial environments around me and subvert them for my own fun and creative expression on my skateboard. Seeing the alternative possibilities in the manufactured world, he makes his art out of materials that were not originally intended to be artistic mediums. He takes old, cold, beat up steel objects and merge them with many other objects to create something new that can appear soft, warm and life-like - the whole belying the origins of the many recycled ingredients. Collectors, gallery viewers and the general public are able to engage in a process of discovery. They immediately take in the overall subject, and then move in closer to identify and relate to the many individual parts that make it up. Using materials that people can recognize from their everyday experiences makes the sculptures feel more accessible to people and is a dynamic example of the possibilities of recycling and reuse that has become a popular value in our consumerist culture.

Whilamut by Matthew Olmos river imageWhilamut (Idealized River 1)

Matthew Olmos | Audio Exhibition

Viewable August 5-12, 2022

Downtown Riverfront Park

Presented by ArtCity

A long-form exploration of the Willamette River as captured from multiple public access points (parks, open areas accessible by public roads, etc.), Whilamut seeks to present the most ubiquitous water feature of the area in a decolonial context. Various times of day, weather conditions and locations across the Eugene/Springfield area provide a range of timbres and variances in the actual conditions of the water, while ambient sounds from the aboveground feed give a sense of cohesiveness across all sources. Birds serve as continuous guides as dozens of underwater recordings are woven together to create an immersive experience of being within the river itself. While all traces of human interaction or presence has been carefully removed, central channel currents provide mimics of trucks rumbling, wind rushing and even hint at sotto voce chattering. These moments are sometimes intensified by using granular resampling to form a dialogue with the audio in real time.

The listener gets to choose the length of their time submerged – the entire piece is presented as a 55-minute loop – and might find themselves losing track of time as the sounds ebb and flow, gurgle and creak. Taking a moment to reflect on the often-overlooked presence and (sometimes redirected) currents provides a chance to connect with the Whilamut even within the context and confines of urban development. As a decolonial work, it also serves as a reminder that the Kalapuya stewards of these lands and waters have been, oftentimes forcefully, displaced or barred from their own unique, hugely meaningful connection– something all guests to these lands must remember and think about.

This IS Kalapuyan installation

This IS Kalapuyan Land

Curated by Steph Littelbird Fogel

Viewable August 5-November 30, 2022

Farmers Market Pavilion, 85 E. 8th Ave.

Presented by Five Oaks Museum

“We have always been here, we will always be here.” - Steph Littlebird Fogel

In partnership with Five Oaks Museum, the City of Eugene is honored to present “This IS Kalapuyan Land” at the new Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza. This exhibit opened in 2019 as a physical installation at Portland’s Five Oaks Museum by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s outdated and problematic exhibit on Kalapuyan people, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition and added historical content from Dr. David G. Lewis, who is a preeminent scholar on Western Oregon Tribes.

“This IS Kalapuyan Land” acts as both a museum exhibition title and land acknowledgement. It is also a declaration of perpetual stewardship by the Kalpuyan people. As you look at the panels, see where the changes have been made. They invite critical thinking around representation of Indigenous history and identity by non-Indigenous institutions.

Jean Bradbury Mural at Farmers Market Pavilion close detailCenturies of Harvest

Jean Bradbury 

Viewable permanently, recently painted 

Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza, 85 E. 8th Ave., exterior east wall

City of Eugene Percent for Art Project

This mural honors the farmers, gatherers and workers who use their hands to bring us food, and who have done so for millennia. Jean Bradbury was born in Scotland in 1963 and spent her childhood in rural eastern Canada. She earned her BFA from Queen’s University in Ontario and studied illustration at Seattle Central Community College. Jean’s large-scale paintings are found in collections in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and Jordan.

Erin Langley Big One installed

Big One

Erin Langley

Viewable August 5, 2022 - August 4, 2023

Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza, 85 E. 8th Ave.

Presented by Eugene Contemporary Art

I glean, filter and re-metabolize found and cast-off materials into complex assemblages that reveal toxic histories. These bricolages examine unfathomable networks in cycles of proliferation, contamination and decay. Pseudo-naturalistic, the forms are ambiguous and pulsating, suggestive of the necropastoral: graffiti on rocks, bowerbird mating displays, lingering pesticides in soil.

Glimmer Technology AR ExperienceThe AR Gallery Experience

Viewable August 5-12, 2022

5th Street Market Alley

Presented by Glimmer Technology

Artists: Cabel Adams, Briar Wolf, Emmet Baber, Holiday Horton, Troy Jacobson, Nadine Kolodziey, Seren Lloyd, Heather Dunaway Smith and Sara Swoboda.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the superimposition of a computer-generated image on your view of the real world, often with surprising and magical effects. Nine artists contributed work for this exhibit, which combines traditional art forms with next-generation technology. After scanning a QR code at the location, animation and sound created by each artist are injected into the world, as seen through a smartphone or tablet.

Note: a mobile device with the Glimmer XP app installed is required to view the AR experience. Download Glimmer XP app:

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Kum Ja Lee Meditative Layers

Windowfront Exhibitions

Viewable July 1-August 21, 2022

Downtown Eugene’s empty storefronts become interactive artworks and galleries with new and evolving windowfront paintings and art installations. Come downtown by foot, car or bike to enjoy windowfronts transformed by local artists, artisans and creatives. Windowfront Exhibitions believes all empty spaces have great potential to be transformed by artists and innovation. 

Windowfront Exhibition details

StoryHelix installation at Eugene Public LibraryStoryHelix

Viewable July 15–September 30, 2022

Eugene Public Library, Exterior, 100 W. 10th Ave.

Presented by StoryHelix, Lane Arts Council, Wordcrafters, Oregon Cultural Trust

Artists: Nate Brown, Chelsea Lovejoy, Christina Schueler, Brandon Waite, Erick Wonderly Varela

Storytellers: Ayisha Elliott, Liandy Mary Jimenez Otero, Eric Richardson, Doriandra Smith, Margaret Steinbrunn, Jeff Velez

Lane Arts Council and Wordcrafters in Eugene collaborated to bring community storytellers and professional artists together in creating this unique installation. Each panel, created by a different visual artist, is directly inspired by and made in collaboration with community storytellers who participated in StoryHelix. Wordcrafters in Eugene’s StoryHelix project invites community members to share their stories about the theme “belonging” and their experiences living in Eugene, Lane County and Oregon. Contributed stories become a part of a collective archive of voices from across our community. The stories selected for this art installation represent a wide range of lived experiences. Enjoy these stories visually and use the QR code under each poster to listen to the storyteller recording.

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Cari Ingrassia Multiplicity“Multiplicity”

Cari Ingrassia

Viewable August 5, 2022 (one day only)

555 Oak Street (The Gordon Hotel Art Bar)

Lane Arts Council Grant Recipient

Multiplicity consists of 12 18-inch modular art cubes and is an exploration of choice and play. Contributing artists (Lisa Yu, Angela Norman, Melanie Pearson, Clarissa Parker, Lee Sparks Pembleton, Sunny Selby-Johnston and Cari Ingrassia) interpreted the concept of “choice” for the images on the cubes. Visitors are invited to reconfigure the cubes to feature different art and create unique sculptural shapes.

Artists Description: Cari Ingrassia designs unexpected and participatory art experiences that cultivate community. Her exhibits have ranged from interactive to immersive, and include digital, multimedia and sculptural elements.