Different take on Ol’ Glory

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It may not be a new mural, but it is a new piece of art for River Road in Keizer. Rick Smith, a Keizer salvage artist with a small custom fabrication shop, came to the Aug. 25 Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC) meeting to discuss his idea for an American flag. “What came to mind was a piece I considered doing but didn’t have a place big enough to display it,” Smith said. “It’s an American flag rendition done with chain and salvage material. I have an example of a small one I’ve done before, Iron Glory. That was a small 24 (inch) by 16 (inch) wall size.” Smith, who recently did the weather vane at the Big Toy (shown on the front cover of the Keizertimes last week), referred to a concept of the flag he showed to commissioners. “The concept I sketched is (a flag) hanging vertically, made from large chain,” Smith said. “The canting would be a raw steel finish. Hopefully it will be very tastefully done. The work would be finished and clearcoated so it has a nice finish.” KPAC chair Lore Christopher had a concern. “Would kids be able to run through it?” Christopher asked. “I love everything about it but the idea of kids running through the chains. It would be insured, so the city would pay for...

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