september, 2022

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24sep3:00 pm7:00 pmAuxartTo The RiverFree Event:Free EventLive or Recorded:Live Event


Event Details

To The River is a summer-long sculpture, sound art and music residency at Portland’s Zidell Yards. Created by a gathering of artists under the canopy of AUXART, the site opens to the public for six weeks. The project site runs for 300 yards from the base of the Oregon Health Sciences University tram to the Willamette River across a former barge-building platform. The sculptural architecture is a matrix of waveforms constructed from long mill-salvaged wood ribs banded together with cast-off bicycle innertubes through which audiences journey to the river. The immersive walk is accompanied by wind-activated sound production and culminates in a sculptural sound theater on the promontory overlooking the river. That elliptical seating setting is constructed from salvaged wood that is activated electronically to produce 16 channels of designed sound. The sculptural setting will play host to musical performance works throughout the residency’s public run.

The residency is focused on the way that the Willamette River and rivers, in general, connect us across geographies, time, and ideas about difference through shared networks of sustenance. The work is inspired by the many devotional ways that people go to the river to meet, cleanse their souls or start anew. It sits in the acknowledgment that the site was once an aquatic part of the river itself, before decades of industrial uses, including ship dismantling and barge construction, and remediation by the Zidell Family as part of the Oregon DEQ Voluntary Cleanup program.

Sculpture and Sound Art Installation
August 20th – September 25th
Saturdays & Sundays
Free and open to the public for self-guided journeys


(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Zidell Yards

3121 S Moody Avenue Portland, OR 97239

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