In June, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Water Action Team and First Alternative Co-op hosted a Summer Solstice Celebration. The event honored the 8th grade students of the Corvallis Waldorf School for the two large murals they designed, painted and installed for the Coalition’s Three Waters Project at the South Co-op. The murals depict Corvallis’s two water sources for its municipal tap water system.
The murals honor the fact that Corvallis is special in having two water system sources. These duplicate systems represent sustainable, long-range thinking by the City. The two sources are Marys Peak (Rock Creek which eventually flows into the Marys River) and the Willamette River (from which most of the water flows from the Cascades).
The eastern-sited mural at the South Co-op depicts the Willamette River with the iconic Three Sisters Mountains in the background with the sun rising behind them. The western-sited mural depicts Marys Peak (with the sun setting behind it) and its descendent Marys River in the foreground. These two murals are part of a larger water conservation and education project (The Three Waters Project) and serve as the starting point of a water tour. Interpretive displays are being designed so that observers will understand the significance of these murals.
Enjoy this presentation on how the murals were made:
Corvallis Waldorf School Co-op Murals