Thursday, December 08, 2011

Chapman Square, photograph-taking in the sunshine

This group of children and two adults paused for a photo opportunity at the statue on the east side of Chapman Square on May 29, 2009. I know by next year, people will be able to enjoy good times like this in the park again.

Here's what I found out about the statue online:

In Chapman Square is a bronze statue commissioned by the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail in 1993. The Promised Land, by Oregon artist David Manuel, depicts a pioneer family - father, mother, and son - at the end of their journey. The red granite slab upon which the statue is mounted is inscribed with a quote by Thomas Jefferson. The plaza in front of the statue is sandblasted with footprints reminiscent of pre-settlement days: jackrabbit, black bear, porcupine, grouse, coyote, elk, and moccasin prints.

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