A Day Trip to Oregon: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
with two friends, Debi and Jen..
The main reason to plan a day-trip to Oregon was to see "The Eternal Indian" statue by Lorado Taft. While planning, I realized that Oregon had other sculptures by Lorado Taft, like the "Soldiers Monument" and "The Fish Boys", and maquette of some of his works at the Oregon Public Library. What was also fascinating was to discover the sculptures by local artist Jeff Adams, and his initiative in creating the Community Art Legacy with "Ten in Ten" program. It's purpose is installing "ten sculptures in ten yers" in the Oregon area. We also saw some Tipis..
In one day trip we were able to see about 15 outdoor sculptures...
For the sake of convenience, I am covering our Day trip to Oregon, in four parts...
Part I: Lorado Taft
Part II: Jeff Adam's, "Paths of Conviction: Footsteps of Faith"...click here..
Part III: Community Art Legacy with "Ten in Ten" program.. click here...
Part IV: Oregon Trail of painted Tipis
Oregon Sculpture Trail PART I : Lorado Taft
The Oregon Sculpture Trail began in 1911, with the Black Hawk Statue, and it now has about 15 sculptures.
For a lot more on this 50-foot sculpture, click here..
Lorado Taft and Eagle's Nest Colony, Oregon, IL
The Eagle's Nest Art Colony was started by a group in 1898, when a group of artists associated with the Chicago Art institute leased land on the bluff overlooking the Rock River on the east bank. This group of artists with painters, sculptors, writers, poets and musicians established summer homes there and continued to meet in summers until 1942, when the lease was terminated with the death of the last surviving original member. Lorado Taft was among the founding members of the Eagle's Nest Colony. The maquette of many of the sculptures made by artists at eagle's Nest Colony are the Oregon Public Library.
The Oregon Public Library's Eagle's Nest Colony Art Collection
Maquette for "Blind " - by Lorado Taft
For images of these sculptures, click on the link..Oregon Sculpture Trail [Community Art Legacy's program Ten in Ten].. click here..