Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beaver Family



The delightful sculpture "The Capitol Beaver Family" was created by Kenneth M. Scott and sits in Willson Park just west of the state capitol under a beautiful Sequoia Redwood tree.

  • "The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) was named Oregon state animal by the 1969 Legislature. Prized for its fur, the beaver was overtrapped by early settlers and eliminated from much of its original range. Through proper management and partial protection, the beaver has been reestablished in watercourses throughout the state and remains an important economic asset. The beaver has been referred to as “nature’s engineer,” and its dam-building activities are important to natural water flow and erosion control. Oregon is known as the “Beaver State” and Oregon State University’s athletic teams are called the “Beavers.”" [Oregon Blue Book]

8 comments:

Frankie / Nick said...

What a fantastic sculpture Jill! Good commentary as well, thank you for sharing that.

Hyde DP said...

An excellent piece of sculpture

Beverley said...

What beautiful Sculptures and the setting is so natural.

The Mulligan Family said...

How cute. I've never seen that sculpture before. Guess I'll need to jaunt over to Wilson Park during lunch one of these days.

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