North Bend, Oregon: Piranha and Random Wood SculpturesBuilt of old wood, with a life preserver for the pitiless eye. If it's gone, other sculptures have appeared.
- Hwy 101, North Bend, OR
- About two miles north of North Bend, north of the McCullough Bridge that spans Coos Bay, on the west side of Highway 101 -- right at the north end of a passing zone.
Visitor Tips and News About Piranha and Random Wood Sculptures
I don't think there's much left of the piranha sculpture. It seems like now it's just a pile of old wood. However, just south of the pile is a wood sculpture titled, "Leave(n) No Trace." And just to the south of that is an ATV sculpture. Look for the flag on the back of the ATV.[Jeff V, 09/05/2016]
This is located about two miles north of North Bend, Oregon, north of the McCullough Bridge that spans Coos Bay, on the west side of Highway 101 -- right at the north end of a passing zone, if you want to get needlessly precise about it. This site was often used for scrap-wood sculpture a few years ago, but the practice seems to have more or less ceased lately. It reminds me of the mud-flat art I used to see in Emoryville, California.[Jerry Smith, 08/09/1999]
A crab has joined the piranha, according to an Aug 2000 tipster.
Along Highway 1 in Oregon, just North of the California/Oregon border, there is a long stretch of wilderness. Out in a field, alongside the highway, someone has built a piranha out of old boards and a life preserver for an eye. The fish appears to be rising from the ground, mouth open. It stands maybe 10 feet high and 6-7 feet long and has nasty, pointed teeth. There are no signs, no explanation for the thing. When I first saw it I thought it was a pile of rubble. Been several years (1990) since I saw this.[Susan Hough, 06/10/1998]