The Bend Public Library Receives Two Bronze Sculptures from Art in Public Places and the Bend Foundation

Posted By:  Chantal Strobel
Date Posted:  5/16/2001

(May 16, 2001) Sleeping otters and swimming salmon at the Library? Indeed! Thanks to the generous donation from Art in Public Places and the Bend Foundation, two bronze sculptures depicting these Northwest inhabitants will grace the Bend Public Library’s front entrance and Children’s Garden. Sculptor Wayne Chabre created the sculptures which he believes capture the essence and spirit of the Northwest.

"We are very honored to receive these handsome treasures," said Community Relations Manager Chantal Strobel. "The resting otters will serve as the centerpiece to the Children’s Garden located on the south end of the library and the swimming salmon will greet library visitors near the front entrance. We are grateful to Art in Public Places and the Bend Foundation for these generous gifts."

The dedication for the otter sculpture is planned on Tuesday, May 22 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. and will include an otter story told by Children’s Librarian Heather McNeil-Nix and a presentation about otters in the wild given by a representative from the High Desert Museum. The Salmon sculpture dedication will occur Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Bend Public Library. Both ceremonies will include a presentation from sculptor Wayne Chabre. The public is invited to attend.

Oregon is home to many of Mr. Chabre’s creations, including the entry gates at the Washington Park Zoo in Portland and the Families’ Courtyard sculptures at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. He created three copper gargoyles for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History and two copper "sea creatures" for Waves Resort in Cannon Beach.

For more information, please contact Chantal Strobel at 383-6712.

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