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The elephant wins

'August Trunk' joins Gallery Without Walls
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO “August Trunk,” the people's choice award winner, is the newest permanent addition to the city's Gallery Without Walls.

Lake Oswegans cast their votes, and the people's choice for the newest addition to the Gallery Without Walls is 'August Trunk' by Alisa Formway Roe.

The massive elephant sculpted from welded steel currently located at lower Millennium Plaza Park beat out four other pieces to become part of the city's permanent collection.

'It was a clear victory for 'August Trunk',' said Cheryl Brock, executive director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego.

The sculpture sold for $15,000; of that, the city paid $11,500 with the rest donated by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and Roe.

In a special visiting exhibit, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego will host 'Angkor 1' by well-known Northwest artist Lee Kelly. The 14-foot stainless steel sculpture will be on display at Millennium Park Plaza for six to eight months.

'Kelly's work was on display in a retrospective at The Portland Art Museum,' Brock said. 'After the show, he let us borrow a sculpture for our exhibit. This is a beautiful piece in a beautiful setting.'