Warrenton City Hall is swimming with fish, according to Cindy Yingst of the Warrenton Business Association, as three new 43-inch long Chinook salmon sculptures were hung on the walls of the commission chambers.
The sculptures, which cost $650 each, were purchased by the WBA and created by local artist Vern Wilson of Wildlife Metal Art. His artwork can be found throughout Astoria and Warrenton, including at Warrenton Fiber and Stephanie's Cabin Restaraunt.
"They're just a beautiful addition to the commission room," City Commissioner Mark Kujala said of the salmon. "They're really striking. We're really grateful to have them and grateful to the WBA for providing them."
Yingst says the city is working on developing an identity or theme, and the WBA plans to purchase more art that can be installed in other places outdoors throughout the city. The salmon sculptures will stay inside - they would rust if placed outside.
"We're looking at alternative sculpture materials" that can be made by a variety of artists, said Mary Iverson, WBA chairwoman. "We're trying to build it around the history of Warrenton, focusing on logging and fishing."
"We were looking for a way to enhance city hall," said WBA member Krista Bingham, who worked with Iverson in picking out the sculptures, and Wilson's art "kind of fell into what our identity is. We want to expand on it in the years to come."