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Art Collection

Commissioned artwork and furnishings valued at more than $2 million were exhibited in the building when it opened. The theme of the collection is "The Art of Landscape, Paper, and Wood."

Highlights of the collection:

  • The 70-ton "Guardian Rock," created by California sculptor Gordon Newell.
  • A 2-ton redwood root ring, polished and shaped by sculptor J.M. Blunk.
  • A 7- by 35-foot tapestry inspired by a close-up look at a monarch butterfly, created by Mark Adams and woven in a mill in Avusson, France.
  • Two trompe l'oeil tapestries by Swedish artist Helena Hernmarck. The tapestries, each measuring 10 by 14 feet, were created using photographs of an old-growth Pacific Northwest rain forest as patterns.
  • A hand-carved Kwakiutl Indian Hamatsa mask from British Columbia. Made of red cedar, cedar bark, and leather, the unsigned 20th-century mask measures 33 by 44 by 11 inches. The mask, used in ritual dances, represents the great cannibal raven bird. The large jaw is opened and closed to create a loud clapping sound meant to terrify the audience.
  • A permanent display of oil portraits of Weyerhaeuser executives from the company's beginnings in 1900, on view in Portrait Hall at the east end of the fourth floor.