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Eugene community looks to foster identity with mural and more

Tight-knit community members are bringing attention to their community-building and fundraising efforts.

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 4:04 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 6:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A small community in south Eugene is fundraising with hopes of continuing their community-building efforts at an intersection in south Eugene.

The center of the Woodfield Microhood, named to indicate a sense of neighborhood identity in the small area, is at the intersection of 26th Avenue and Olive Street. If you happen to drive past, you’ll first notice an enormous circular mural built in the middle of the intersection. The artwork depicts the night and day skies and more.

Other pieces of artwork can be found in the area, including a gravel sitting area decorated with sculptures and tiles. According to community members, this space was intentionally designed with relationship building in mind.

“The parents brought the kids up, and we all drew the pictures and later, if they were old enough and felt like they could do it, I helped make the mosaics, I transferred the drawings to the stepping stones, otherwise, I did the mosaic for them but it's their artwork," said area resident Sally Wiggins. "I think it's created this rest stop where people like to take that pause and sit down and be cozy. There’s all different reasons why people stop here with their dogs, with the elderly. It’s a good place to rest or just to sit down and have a moment where you're looking at art or you're creating art."

The Microhood launched its website on Tuesday in an effort to spread the word about their community-building efforts. Visitors can also donate to the cause.

According to other nearby residents, the intersection has become a gathering place that’s worth defending and expanding.

“It’s just a safe area in our community where kids can go and do something that’s more than just being on the phone and computer where they actually are drawing and reading book. I think that’s important," said Geneva O’Connor, who lives just down the block from the intersection.

The Woodfield Microhood hopes to expand the activities held by the group and help the community flourish.

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