EUGENE, Ore. — Crews spent Wednesday night hard at work installing a giant new piece of art near the University of Oregon campus. The 16-foot tall blue heron statue went in at the corner of 13th Avenue and Alder Street.
Found Objects Artist Jud Turner created the striking piece of art as part of the city’s 150th birthday celebrations. The bird weighs a whopping 1,400 pounds. It’s made up of about 50 percent donated recycled materials and 50 percent new steel.
After working on the project for over 300 hours, Turner is relieved the whole process went smoothly.
“It’s nice to release it from my studio, I’ve worked on it pretty much all summer and I’m tired of it actually, I mean I’m really ready to move on to other projects but I’m really happy to now pass it on to the community and let it become part of this area,” said Turner.
The intersection had to be shut down for a few hours as crews used a crane to lift the heron into place.
The heron statue will be dedicated in a ceremony this Saturday at 11:30 am.