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At skatepark, mural now covers a concrete wall

Written June 1st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Oblivious of the mural below him outside the fence, a skateboarder starts another run last Friday evening.

A reader asked if I had seen the mural at the Albany Skatepark. I had not, but a bike ride last Friday took me past there. And now I have.

The painting extends along the outside of the entire 90-foot-long concrete wall on the north side of the skatepark. Passersby can see it across the vacant lot from Santiam Road. Or they can, of course, walk across the grass and take a closer look.

There is not much to see, though, as far as details are concerned.

The artist’s idea appears to be a rugged coastline along a very long and narrow bay, with nothing but blue sky above. Or maybe it’s supposed to be a long lake lined by a sawtooth-like ridge of rocky cliffs.

I tried to find out who did this when, and particularly why. But I struck out.

People I asked in the parks department had no information about this particular project. It may have been intended at least partly to discourage graffiti on that wall. If you happen to know who gets the credit, please let me know in the comments below.

During the few minutes it took me to look at the mural and take a few photos that afternoon, I witnessed some impressive feats performed by people inside the park. They were doing various aerial acrobatics, achieving remarkable heights and landing smoothly, upright on their tires or their boards.

Me, I just climbed back on my bike and sedately rode away. (hh)

 





6 responses to “At skatepark, mural now covers a concrete wall”

  1. Bob Woods says:

    Reminds me of Lake Powell in Arizona and Navajo land.

  2. Rachel says:

    I think it might be the Willamette or possibly the Calapooia river? I think it’s super neat that someone or ones took the time to do this. I was just thinking about albanys need for a good mural. Paint on!

  3. Bill Kapaun says:

    “They were doing various aerial acrobatics, achieving remarkable heights and landing smoothly, upright on their tires or their boards.

    Me, I just climbed back on my bike and sedately rode away. (hh)”

    But at least you passed the 5th grade!

  4. Emma Eaton says:

    Bill,
    Please explain your last comment.

  5. Pat Schlecht says:

    Fish of Albany on 2nd just had a piece of wall art completed on their building. It was done by muralist Eileen Hinckle from Corvallis. I know she also did the Reptopia wall art.

  6. Brad says:

    Try asking the manager at the Re Store. I drove by a month or so ago while someone was painting it, and I’m almost certain the manager’s truck was parked in front of it.

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