Blue Heron Paper Mill

March 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

With the "Art Contemplates Industry" exhibit coming to a close, I thought I would share the images that didn't get shown. These were the ones I had picked out. Out of 233 photos, these five got to the "eenie meenie miney mo" stage. Two made it to the exhibit. 

 

Two Kinds of LightShowing at Oregon City Hall

This is the view from the basement of one of the mills. (Mill 4?) There was so little light in the shadows, I used my tri-pod and a long exposure. It was pretty creepy wondering around the abandoned mills. The site is so large, I only saw the other artists in passing and at lunch.

 

There were tools laid out as if the workers had just left for break. 

  I loved the contrast between the wood, concrete and metal parts. The wood beams are old and almost like snapshots themselves, a moment from a time past.  

This is a quick view of the catacombs. We were allowed there only briefly as part of the whole tour. None of us were allowed to work down here. Of course, it was the most requested station to work! You could see back in time, the history of the site laid out back to the 1860's. The work done differed much as the decades passed and the site expanded toward the river. 

What intrigues me is the bits of humanity left. A piece of knot or the tools left among the cold metal and concrete, all aging together.  

This is looking down into the "Grotto". The water used in processing the pulp would run off into these rectangular holding pits. They are stagnant and covered in algae.  I like the color of the algae, this bright green provides a great background to the machinery and wood poking out of the water. 

 

I had a great time with this project. It was a wonderful honor to be part of such a talented group of artists. It wasn't until recently that I learned about the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. Part of the reason for us documenting the old mill site. There is a plan to reclaim the paper mill and riverfront area. I was very happy to hear about this project, it sounds wonderful. Not only will it provide community space, but also protected habitat for the river. Here are some links to learn more!

Clackamas County Arts Alliance  This link will take you to the page about the "Art Contemplates Industry" group show.

Willamette Falls Legacy Project This is the informational page about the plans to revitalize the river front. 

 

 

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