S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Whit Deschner’s artistic replica of an original salt lick has been bronzed and placed at the east side of Court Street Plaza in Baker City. Tyler Fouts, right, owner of the Blue Mountain Fine Art foundry, and foundry artist Eddie Beach, left, position the 344-pound bronze on its stand Monday under the watchful eye of Deschner, background left, and Steve Hardrath. Foundry artist Andrew Gettle was handling the lift truck operation. Commemorative bricks are being sold that will attach all around the stand along with a dedication plaque. The metal stand is a joint effort of Jason Yencopal, Baker Welding and Natural Structures. A formal ceremony will be scheduled soon, Deschner said.
By Lisa Britton
For the Baker City Herald
Baker City’s new public art display may garner second glances — and need an explanation.
The bronze salt lick, standing four feet tall, was installed Monday on the Resort Street side of Court Street Plaza downtown.
This was a project of the Ford Family Leadership Cohort 4 Group, and has been 18 months in the making.
“A year and a half ago its finish seemed unseen and distant but those involved stuck with it and here we are, a piece of public art,” says Whit Deschner.
It was cast at Blue Mountain Fine Art in Baker City.
“I want everyone to know what a gem this community has in having such a world class foundry here,” Deschner said.
The idea for a salt lick sculpture grew from the Great Salt Lick Contest and Auction, which Deschner started eight years ago to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research.
See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker CIty Herald.