SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Construction crews finished the groundwork Friday for a 65 foot sculpture in Springfield.
The sculpture, which aims to serve as a symbol of the city, is called “The Flame”.
It will be installed on October 3rd at the South West corner of Gateway and Beltline.
The sculpture will be the largest in Oregon and will feature a steel pedestal illuminated by LED lights, mimicking a giant torch.
The city has been working with businesses in the Gateway area for the past 12 years in order to create an inviting entryway to the city.
Artist Devin Laurence Field, who created the blue basket sculpture by the I-5 entrance to Eugene Springfield, said the two sculptures will serve as book ends to the city.
“The idea was that we sort of create a landmark for the North end of the City of Springfield. A beacon for all the energy and development of this hospitality district and to draw people off I-5,” said Field.
The three major pieces will be brought down the night.
A Springfield spokesperson said there are more hotels in the Gateway area than anywhere else between Portland and San Francisco.
The city hopes “The Flame” will peak the interest of people passing by, bringing more business to the area.
The project was paid for by Springfield’s transient tax.