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Maryhill Overlook

Here's another sculpture in our series of art that's worth traveling for. The Maryhill Overlook is a concrete trail in the grounds of the Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington. The series of nine reinforced concrete slabs and eights walls, built on the northern rim of the Columbia River Gorge, were conceived as of as a ribbon entering and exiting the earth, forming shelters along its way.

The Overlook measures about 45m in length and runs almost perpendicularly to
the river. On the other side of the river, about 2.75km away, is a stone bluff, which serves as a focal point for the Overlook.

This sculpture is one of a series of 'sitings' in the Pacific Northwest developed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works and his architecture students at the University of Oregon. The Maryhill Art Museum, housed in an early 20th-century Italianate house, commissioned Allied Works to create a siting on their vast estate, and this ultra-modern take on a folly is what emerged.

Images: courtesy of Allied Works

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