Albany resident Nate Vanek has been busy this summer, adding stick sculptures to a gravel bar in the Willamette River. Let’s take another look at them before the river comes up and wipes them out.
Unlike Nate, or the anglers working off the mouth of the Calapooia Sunday afternoon, I didn’t want to wade into the current to get a really close look. So I had to content myself with viewing the works from the pier off the bottom of Broadalbin Street.
As near as I could tell, there were six of those creations. Looks like people wading out to that bar this summer, or floating by in boats, have left those works of folk art pretty much alone.
Consider it testimony to the value we place on a little bit of unexpected whimsy in an often humdrum world. (hh)