The “Eye River” is a set of three sculptures that refer to the working waterfront of the past and looks toward an environmental future. They function as a link to both the flow of water and the flow of people moving toward the Willamette River.
The form of each sculpture references the historic “log dog,” a tool used to bind together log rafts that floated down the river to the Inman Poulson Lumber Mill on the nearby riverbank. Although the mill is no longer there, the Central Eastside continues to have a vibrant commercial and industrial component that mixes residential, recreation, and business. The central oculus of each sculpture features fused glass designed specifically for its site.
“Eye River” is not simply a historic marker, it looks toward the sustainable vision of stormwater management integral to the SE Clay Green Street, a corridor that leads bicyclists and pedestrians to the river. “Eye River” is a part of a green space that pays homage to history and advances a sustainable community with green stormwater design, pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and environmental awareness. [less]