SW Curry St on South Waterfront, Portland, OR.

Collaboration with Buster Simpson/lead artist.

Holding on for dear life. Cradle is a sculptural gift to the Willamette River. Once a wild river with vast amounts of woody debris, the Willamette has been tamed and we have become its steward. Four anthropomorphic concrete anchors cradle three cedar root wads as if awaiting the eventual deployment of their woody debris in support of habitat enhancement along the river’s edge. Cradle offers a dynamic link between the weight of the the human-like anchors and the buoyancy of the tree biomass. The embrace relays an authenticity of relationship and interdependence, from cradle on to future generations.


Fabrication assistance: Brian Hutsebout, Jordan Schilperoort,

Photography: Joe Freeman