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Maya Lin's 'Listening Circle' To Be Completed Next Spring

August 6, 2014, by Colin Fogarty

August 6, 2014

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CLARKSTON, Wash. - A long-awaited art installation by Maya Lin is moving forward at Chief Timothy Park at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. The Confluence Project's "Listening Circle" has received regulatory approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project is now scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015. A dedication ceremony will happen in late May.

Lin, best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., plans to restore a section of the island to native grasses and wildflowers. The "Listening Circle," sculpted out of an amphitheater at the top of the island, was inspired by a Nez Perce blessing ceremony performed at the site in 2005. The circle will be made of local basalt stones, cut by Hell's Canyon Rock of Clarkston, Wash.

The total cost of the project, which began is 2005, is estimated at roughly $1.5 million. Most of the funding has been provided by the state of Washington.

"People have been very patient," said Confluence Project executive director, Colin Fogarty. "In the end, it will be worth the wait. This will be a powerful space. Our hope is that it will be a valuable community resource with cultural and economic benefits."

"This is a long time coming," said Confluence Project board member, Michelle Peters, President/CEO of Visit Lewis Clark Valley. "Chief Timothy will be a beautiful place to gather and reflect on the history of our region. The "Listening Circle" amphitheater will be a great addition for visitors and locals alike for historical reenactments. It will be a draw for cruise boat passengers, group tours and individuals who visit the Lewis Clark Valley." 

The construction window for the project is based, in part, on the nesting schedule of the ospreys that inhabit a nest on a platform on Chief Timothy Island. To avoid disturbing the birds' habitat, construction can occur between the months of March and April. This year, the osprey had a late hatching season.

About Confluence Project:

The Confluence Project is catalyst for discovery. We create spaces that promote moments of insight about the confluence of culture, history and ecology along the Columbia River system. We share stories of this river through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience.

Confluence was founded in 2002 as a collaborative effort of Pacific Northwest Tribes, acclaimed artist Maya Lin, and local communities from Oregon and Washington. Four of the six planned sites featuring art by Lin have been completed and annually serve more than 1.7 million people along the Columbia River system at Cape Disappointment State Park (Ilwaco, WA), Vancouver Land Bridge (Vancouver, WA), Sandy River Delta (Troutdale, OR), Sacajawea State Park (Pasco, WA); Chief Timothy Park (Clarkston, WA) will be completed in 2014 and Celilo Park (The Dalles, OR) in 2016. "Gifts from Our Ancestors" education programming currently reaches more than 1,900 underserved K-12 rural students each year.

For more information about the Confluence Project, please contact executive director Colin Fogarty at or call 360-693-0123.

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