What is Confluence Project?
Confluence Project is a catalyst for discovery.
It is six public art installations at significant points along the Columbia River system. Confluence it is a collaboration of Pacific Northwest tribes, renowned artist Maya Lin, civic groups from Washington and Oregon and other artists, architects and landscape designers. The project stretches 438 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River in the west to the gateway to Hell's Canyon in the east, with sites in both Oregon and Washington.
Currently, four of the six sites are complete:
- Cape Disappointment (Ilwaco, Wash.)
- Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Wash.)
- Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, Ore.)
- Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, Wash.)
Two more are in the works:
- Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, Wash.)
- Celilo Park (near The Dalles, Ore.)
These are "teachable places," transformed and reimagined to explore the confluence of history, culture and ecology in our region. Each work references a passage from the Lewis and Clark journals as a snapshot in time, while comparing it with the deeper story.
As part of Confluence Project's ongoing mission to create spaces that promote moments of insight about the confluence of culture, history and ecology along the Columbia River system, we also share stories of this river through our educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience. Gifts from Our Ancestors connects Native artists and storytellers with K-12 schools. Confluence Friends are what we call our volunteers who help maintain the sites as thriving hubs of activity. Confluence is also preparing to add to the online experience of the sites (currently available at journeybook.confluenceproject.org) by developing an interactive experience driven by first person storytelling and interpretation available to all devices.