Eugene kicks off Visual Arts Week, Mayor’s Art Show on Friday

The Downtown Riverfront Park is showing off a little more bling this week.

Joining a chrome artwork that provides shelter while reflecting the nearby river, a new heron sculpture has been temporarily installed just in time for a series of art-related events coordinated by Eugene Cultural Services in cooperation of other local arts organizations and businesses.

Called “Naseem,” which means breeze in Arabic, according to the creator, local metal artist Jud Turner.

This week he put the finishing touches on the 9-foot-tall work made from salvaged chrome car bumpers and motorcycle parts. It will be on display through Sept. 5.

“I love herons,” Turner said. “I like the idea that it is made of pieces that were moving fast in their original function. Now I am using them in a sculpture that is standing still to represent something that moves fast.”

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