Working with Green Initiative Funds, painter Ryan Pierce and a team of PCC art students collaborated over the summer of 2011 on a mural which directly addresses the surface runoff problem from the Sylvania infrastructure and its long-term effects on the Tualatin River watershed. The mural includes visual references to crumbling architecture, violent weather conditions and the resultant acidic surface runoff into the nearby river basin. There, a large nurse log amidst a forest of red cedars, depicts the cyclical, delicately balanced process of growth and decay essential to that eco-system. Circular insets, painted by individual students, feature other important components of that watershed’s microcosm.
Ryan Pierce Bio:
Ryan Pierce’s vivid, large-scale paintings depict our world after the end of human industry. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to create scenes that portray the resilience of the natural world. He exhibits internationally, and his work has been recognized by the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco Foundations, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Art in America, Art Papers, and The Oregonian. He was recently a fellow at the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. He is also the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists, writers, and musicians. Check out Ryan Pierce’s web page here: http://ryanpierce.net/home.html
- Title: Watershed Mural
- Built: 2011
- Location: Sylvania Campus, North Side of the PAC Building.
- Directions: From the CC building, face the main parking lots and walk left. Turn right once you reach the CT building. The Watershed Mural will be on your right before you get to the bookstore.
- Categories: Art, Water
- More info: http://ryanpierce.net/home.html