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North Bend, Oregon: Piranha and Random Wood Sculptures

Built 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.
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Leaven no trace.

Piranha Sculpture

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]
Piranha sculpture

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.

Piranha sculpture

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]

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