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Happy Valley celebrates sculpture garden opening

Celebrate the new Happy Valley Sculpture Garden when it’s dedicated at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Light refreshments will be served as part of the ceremony.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: BEN DYE - Oregon City sculptor Ben Dye's 'E Motion' features a low-boiling point liquid engine that rotates as the sun heats its reused materials. It is pictured in front of Milwaukie City Hall and has been moved to Happy Valley.Happy Valley’s rotating sculpture garden program was inspired by local resident Jim Grady, who envisioned enlivening the areas around City Hall, 16000 S.E. Misty Drive. In March, the City Council approved the program, and artists installed their work in June.

With the goal of enriching Happy Valley’s cultural environment and promoting public participation with artists, the program provides City Hall visitors and staff an up close and personal view of a variety of artworks.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance members oversaw the project and called for submissions from Oregon artists. A Public Art Selection Committee selected four artists to display six sculptures for the inaugural two-year exhibit.

Selected artworks encompass a wide range of styles and use reclaimed materials, such as old farm fuel tanks, repurposed steel and electrical conduit. All the works are designed to withstand the Oregon climate and have minimal maintenance requirements.

The sculptures are for sale through the city. For more information about this program, contact Gaye Turner at 503-783-3831 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .