Reflections On the Columbia

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Sponsored by the Pateros Chamber of Commerce • Pateros WA • 1992

Reflections On The Columbia is made up of two murals composed of thousands of reflectors directly glued to two water tanks owned by the city of Pateros. This project was sponsored by the Pateros Chamber of Commerce and was paid for through private donations. Design on one tank is a stylized waveform representing the Columbia River and the other tank has diamond forms representing the surrounding hills and mountains. One of the goals was for the water tanks to be more integrated into the sagebrush-covered hillside. In the past the tanks could be seen from two miles away. Now the artwork camouflages the tanks so they are no longer seen from that distance.

In July of 2014 the Carlton complex wildfire destroyed a large portion of Pateros WA. Reflections on The Columbia, situated on the bluff above town, caught the first wave of fire as it came over the hill. There are plans for the artwork to be restored in the summer of 2015.

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