As a city with a pioneer past and a political present, Salem has its share of statues; stern ministers, noble settlers, and an occasional politician dot our parks, along with a bevy of new abstracts works often funded by our tax dollars – colorful but often confusing.

Yet, lurking here and there are a number of critters who seem to “get it” with a smile and a dash of whimsy.

Salem Weekly presents a few snaps for your pleasure. Often hidden, our friends require a little searching, so note the locations.

Pay them a visit, they’re worth it. Some say if you look at them closely, with the right attitude, they will wink; except, that is, for the grasshopper.

The Cat, part of The Cow and the Cat
Sculptor: Tom R. Arie Donch
Year 1998
Location: Crooked House Playground at Bush Pasture Park


Dancing Croc, part of A Parade of Animals
Sculptor: Peter Helzer
Year: 1991
Donors: many
Location: West end of Capitol Grounds


Fawn, part of, In a Quiet Meadow
Sculptor: Delbert “Del” Lloyd Hodges
Year: 1992
Donor: Mrs. Carl F. Gerlinger
Restored: 2000, by Vern Golag, Greg Rowe and Max Chapman
Location: Above the wall and under a tree at the main entrance to the Salem Public Library


Little Beaver, part of Capitol Beaver Family
Sculptor: Kenneth M Scott
Year: 1985
Donor: Willamette Christmas Association
Location: North side of west half of Capitol grounds


Morning Glory
Sculptor: Dick Spirup
Year: 2010
Donors: The Carl Gorlinger and Ron Lyman Famalies
Location: The entrance to the Carousel at Salem Riverfront Park


Sculptor: Wayne Chabra
Year: 1989
Donor: City of Salem
Location: Perched high on the west wall of Whitlock’s, 544 Court Street


* For the full story of the Grasshopper sculpture, see Sarah Evan’s online story in SalemIs, March 24, 2013.