A Creature Named Poppy Makes Her Debut in Lincoln City

There’s some new artwork along the Oregon coast that’s drawing attention. A giant 24 foot tall steel structure in the shape of what looks like a Lady Bug is at the Lincoln City Cultural Arts Center.

It’s an interactive four-legged creature with a central body and feelers that swing in space. It’s meant to be touched, and when you do that, it moves.  It’s designed by Pete Beeman, the Portland artist behind a lot of pieces in the city, including the 30-foot high tripod structure across from Powell’s City of Books downtown. Here are pictures of Poppy under construction:

Pete Beeman, Lincoln City Artwork on August 15th, 2022. Justin Tucker / Nine84
Pete Beeman, Lincoln City Artwork on August 15th, 2022. Justin Tucker / Nine84
Pete Beeman, Lincoln City Artwork on August 15th, 2022. Justin Tucker / Nine84

The leaf shapes at the top are fused glass created by Lincoln City glass artist Kelly Howard and Portland artist Kerstin Hilton.  Local art students ages 6 – 10 years old created a book that tells the story of how Poppy came to be!

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