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Burls Will Be Burls

Portland, Oregon

Bruce Conkle (USA) (

Transit Mall, SW 6th Ave. and W Burnside St., Portland, Oregon, 97205
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  2009
Placement:  sidewalks
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal), concrete
Description:  Burls Will be Burls is a tribute to snowmen and to the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Conkle considers snowmen the proverbial "canary in the coal mine" for climate change, as they will not withstand warming of more than a few degrees, and must evolve to survive changing conditions.The cast bronze figures of Burls Will be Burls represent what might happen when a snowman melts and nourishes a nearby living tree. Water is absorbed by the roots and carries the spirit of the melted snowman up into the tree where it manifests itself as burls.(Courtesy of TriMet. For more information visit:

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