Medium: Stainless Steel, LED lighting
Dimensions: Plaza: 30' x 150'. Entry on 231st: 16' x 70'
Location: 943 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro, OR 97124
In the early 1900s, the current plaza location was the site of the Oregon Nursery Company, Orenco. It was the largest nursery on the west coast, where new varieties of apples and plums were propagated and plants were shipped nationwide and to Europe. Luther Burbank selected Orenco as the nursery to develop and market his Maynard plum.
The artwork is inspired by the memory of those fruit trees in bloom and what it must have been like to walk through the fields with blossoms above your head casting a shadow during the day and reflecting the moonlight at night
Beliz Brother is based in Seattle, Washington where she was the lead artist and artist-in-residence for the Seattle Civic Center and City Hall. She has created works across the country including at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco; transit stations and universities, Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and Phoenix Civic Center. In 2000 she was named a Millennium artist with the project "Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium" organized by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She is the recipient of awards and grants, including a 1997 Bridge Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County, and a 1995 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Grant. In 1994 she traveled throughout Indonesia on a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Arts International residency. Her work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco's New Langton Art and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle.
Photos by Rick Paulson. Check out more photos of Hillsboro's Public Art Collection in our Flickr Gallery.