Tualatin Lifeblood

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Stained glass mosaic (with some other types of glass mixed in) is inlaid onto seven Basalt boulders along a 3/4-mile Outdoor Museum Trail in Tigard, OR. The inlays were carved by a professional stone carver, Ed Salerno. The project was designed to create some structure and seating elements to an otherwise flat pathway so pedestrians can rest and reflect on the history and ecology of the Tualatin Valley. The flora and fauna mixed into the mosaic reference those used by the Indigenous inhabitants of the area, the Tualatin Kalapuya tribe. The basalt boulders were locally sourced. This was a public art project commissioned by the City of Tigard through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.