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WHAT’S THE STORY ON THE STORY POLE PROJECT?
It's all about the Flamingo Clan, a community of artists, crafts-persons and others who built Ritz Sauna & Showers over 38 years ago and continue to this day to provide a magical experience to vendors, staff, entertainers, and guests each year at the Oregon Country Fair ! This is the 3rd year we have engaged the community in carving the Pole. Many people (carvers, painters, metal workers, amateurs and professionals) have left their mark on the Pole. According to tradition, everyone who contributes to making the Pole becomes part of the story.
Please join us in finishing and raising the Pole and make it your story too! The Pole will be raised during the Solstice in June 2015 followed by a grand celebration and feast.
Inspired by Northwest Coastal art, there are a total of 21 totemic characters represented on this amazing one-of-a-kind 21st Century Story Pole. The beak of the Flamingo alone weighs 120 pounds. Its wing span will be 20 feet and its feathers are being made of stainless steel, copper, and brass. The ringed hats on the three watchmen atop the Pole are copper. Cor-ten steel, copper and brass appear as claws, teeth, tools and other symbols of our community’s work. The eyes of the Raven, Beaver, Bear and Dog will be illuminated with solar powered LED lights.
We need your help to complete this amazing work of art!