Trashformations Art Thrown in River | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Pin It

Trashformations Art Thrown in River 

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the Trashformations art project that takes place at Pakit Liquidators every year. While the art created from scrap metal, pieces of wood and discarded supplies was incredible, what struck me more than anything was the atmosphere of goodwill and community that the event seemed to breed. Artists were supporting each other, helping build and weld sculptures, introducing each other's children to techniques and ideas and sharing a hotdog and a beer after a long day of work.

After the sculptures were finished, the pieces were transported to the Old Mill and placed in front of Greg's Grill. It was amazing to see all of the works on display. The piece that was most interesting to me was Mark Bernahl's giant lattice cubes, inspired by children's letter blocks. The five structures spelled out, depending on how you looked at them, "Earth," "Think," "Music" and "Pakit."

A few days ago, someone threw the blocks in the river. Unfortunately, Bernahl's blocks were destroyed, carted out of the river and thrown away - instead of turning trash into art, vandals took Bernahl's art and turned it into trash. Bernahl, while obviously disappointed, was able to view the vandalism in a larger context. "Not only did they throw it away they threw it in the river," he said. "This is symbolic of how some people treat the earth, art, artist, and our river."

If you or anyone has any information about the vandals, call the Bend Police Department at 541-322-2960.

Pin It


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • My Marvelous Mentors

    My Marvelous Mentors

    Jim Anderson pens a farewell to readers
    • Aug 26, 2020
  • Make Masks Cool

    Make Masks Cool

    Bend nurses dole out PPE for fellow workers, after an angel donation falls in their laps
    • Mar 31, 2020
Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Thu., Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m.
Submitting an event is free and easy.

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

Get Social

Latest in Local News

More by The Source Staff

Want to advertise with us?

For info on print and digital advertising, >> Click Here

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation