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‘Public art enriches a community’

Ten-foot bronze statue of a bald eagle newest addition to Port run park

WASHOUGAL — The Port of Camas-Washougal unveiled its newest attraction at Waterfront Park on Wednesday morning: a 10-foot bronze statue of a bald eagle snatching a salmon in mid-air.

The statue was commissioned with help from the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA). Bronze sculptor Heather Soderberg-Green, of Cascade Locks, created the life-like artwork. Entirely bronze, the eagle was sculpted in clay to create a mold, the mold was then filled with 2100 degree molten bronze, allowed to cool, sand blasted, and then painted in detail.

The Port of Camas-Washougal’s newest attraction at Waterfront Park is a 10-foot tall bronze statue of a bald eagle. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Port of Camas-Washougal’s newest attraction at Waterfront Park is a 10-foot tall bronze statue of a bald eagle. Photo by Jacob Granneman

“Public art enriches a community,” said Joyce Lindsay, previous member of Washougal City Council and current board member with WACA. “It changes people’s thinking, and brings in some of the art with the natural beauty. It’s a connection, and it’s permanent.”

The bronze eagle sits in the southwest corner of Waterfront Park, overlooking the Columbia River.

Wilson Cady of the Vancouver Audubon Society, spoke on the appropriateness of the statue being a bald eagle. The area surrounding Washougal is one of best places to spot bald eagles in southwest Washington, he said.  

Along with Cady, executive director for The Port of Camas-Washougal, Dave Ripp, also spoke at the dedication ceremony.

“We are very excited to bring to the community this beautiful bronze sculpture,” Ripp said in a press release earlier this month. “Art is such an integral part of our community and its rich history.”

Over two-dozen people attend the dedication ceremony for Washougal’s newest piece of public artwork on Wed., Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Over two-dozen people attend the dedication ceremony for Washougal’s newest piece of public artwork on Wed., Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The 10-foot tall bronze statue of a bald eagle atop a tree, was created by Cascade Locks artist, Heather Soderberg-Green. It is entirely bronze, with an outer coat of paint to add to the realism. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The 10-foot tall bronze statue of a bald eagle atop a tree, was created by Cascade Locks artist, Heather Soderberg-Green. It is entirely bronze, with an outer coat of paint to add to the realism. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Joyce Lindsay of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, speaks at the dedication ceremony for Washougal’s bronze eagle statue on Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Joyce Lindsay of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance, speaks at the dedication ceremony for Washougal’s bronze eagle statue on Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Wilson Cady from the Vancouver Audubon Society, gives some background on the state of bald eagles in the region and how Washougal is one of the best places to spot healthy bald eagles. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Wilson Cady from the Vancouver Audubon Society, gives some background on the state of bald eagles in the region and how Washougal is one of the best places to spot healthy bald eagles. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Executive director of The Port of Camas-Washougal, Dave Ripp, introduces the new bronze eagle statue at a dedication ceremony Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Executive director of The Port of Camas-Washougal, Dave Ripp, introduces the new bronze eagle statue at a dedication ceremony Oct. 24. Photo by Jacob Granneman
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Jacob Granneman

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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