Percent for Art Celebration: Peavy Forest Science Center

Wednesday, November 30
Peavy Forest Science Center, 3100 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis
3:30-6:00 p.m.

Oregon was one of the first states to pass ‘Percent for Art’ legislation, setting aside no less than one percent of funds for the acquisition of public-facing artwork in all state funded building construction projects. The Peavy Forest Science Center features three art installations funded by this program.

Schedule of Events:

3:30p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Self guided art tours
4:30 p.m.                  Program
5:00-6:00 p.m.         Reception

Parking: Parking permits are required until 5p.m.


Wakanim Artist Collaborative-Things Remembered in the Flood

Wakanim Artist Collaborative consists of four carvers enrolled in four tribes with ancestral lineage to the first peoples of Oregon with cultural traditions/ functions that historically relied on canoes. “Wakanim” translates to “Many Canoes” in Chinuk Wawa, a language used in the Pacific Northwest to facilitate trade and fellowship amongst Tribes, whose respective dominant languages were vastly different from each other. It doubles as a playful combination of words in Ta Reo Maori, “Waka” and in Chinuk Wawa, “Kanim”, both of which mean “canoe”. The artists describe “Wakanim” as highlighting the relationship they have fostered with other Pacific Rim Indigenous cultures, with whom they share similar philosophies and contemporary hardships; and who they paddle with when they travel to each other’s land. “Many Canoes” is a metaphor for the artists and the respective communities, who are “traveling alongside each other” to reach similar goals of health, education, and sovereignty for their people.

Leah Wilson-Listening to the Forest

Leah Wilson is a visual artist living in Eugene, Oregon. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, she did an artist residency at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. Wilson’s interaction with the forest and its associated ecologists led her to realize that science in general, and ecology in particular, seeks to identify patterns over time. Learn more about Leah’s work and her artist residency at

Robert M. Horner

Robert M. Horner holds degrees in art, biology, architecture and environmental design. His work accentuates the specific environmental and historic characteristics of a place. He draws parallels between ecological and human rhythmic cycles, encouraging a holistic understanding of the overall balance of life. Learn more about Robert Horner’s The Perseverance of Decay at