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
Location: Crooked House Playground at Bush Pasture Park
Dancing Croc, part of A Parade of Animals
Sculptor: Peter Helzer
Location: West end of Capitol Grounds
Fawn, part of, In a Quiet Meadow
Sculptor: Delbert “Del” Lloyd Hodges
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
Donor: Willamette Christmas Association
Location: North side of west half of Capitol grounds
Sculptor: Dick Spirup
Donors: The Carl Gorlinger and Ron Lyman Famalies
Location: The entrance to the Carousel at Salem Riverfront Park
Sculptor: Wayne Chabra
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.