— Oregon Governor Tom McCall
This carousel will have 52 primary, 6 replacement, and 5 seasonal animals. Individual sponsors work with our design team so that the finished animals are personalized to the sponsor’s specifications!
These 5 foot tall carved figures stand on pedestals around the Center Panels of the carousel. These figures are sponsor customizable. The theme for these pieces are generalized individuals or industry representatives (loggers, ranchers, farmers etc) that were instrumental in the development of the Northwest.
The lighted and most visible upper outside rim of the carousel has 18 panels (a few still available for sponsorship), each having a large mirror panel, a hand-carved horse head, and a 14 inch diameter oval painting, chosen by the sponsor, which represents a historical structure.
This inside wall of the carousel is made up of four stationary center panels – the drive mechanism for the carousel is housed behind these panels. Each is painted with a scene of the Willamette River, depicted in one of the 4 seasons. Sponsors can customize additional carved and/or painted content that will further adorn and enhance these panels.
Above the inside Mirror Panels are 18 picture panels which are approximately 4 foot square. The theme of these panels are yet to be determined.
The Mirror Panels are positioned between the Picture Panels and the Center Panels. Although the mirror is the main feature a native Northwest bird may be chosen by the sponsor to be painted on each panel.
This option is a perfect opportunity for anyone to become involved with this very special project. Small bricks: 4″ x 8″, eighteen characters (including spaces) on each of it’s three lines. Large bricks: 8″ x 8″, has seven lines of 9, 15, 18, 18, 18, 15, and 9 characters each (including spaces) respectively.
Our carousel will hold an amazing menagerie of custom designed carousel animals for which we are applying traditional hand carving and painting techniques to create the 52 permanent animals, 6 replacement animals, and 5 seasonal animals as well as 2 chariot seats for our carousel. These animals will ride upon an antique 1909 Dentzel Carousel Corporation mechanism which we have lovingly brought back to life through a ten-plus year restoration effort.