Flora and fauna of Oregon in copper at UO Alumni Center


If you happen to be in Eugene, Oregon, and want to see beautiful nature art, visit the University of Oregon’s Ford Alumni Center and look for the big hearth wall. On a visit to this pretty college town last summer I fell for the work Contemplari Natura by alumna Tallmadge Doyle.


The work consists of 21 etched and colored copper panels that depict the flora and fauna of Oregon, built into a wall of Lebanon cedar surrounding an 8-foot-wide fireplace. Each exquisite panel reveals a lifelike glimpse of an indigenous creature, such as frog, turtle, fox, and octopus, as well as native plants like fern and elderberry.


Lovely, aren’t they? Imagine cozying up to a hearth amid such scenes as these. For more of Doyle’s artwork, visit her website.

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8 Responses

  1. Jenny says:

    WOW! Those are beautiful Pam. I particularly like the frog one. Was this a college visit with your daughter?

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    These are quite beautiful. I can see why you like them.

  3. commonweeder says:

    Happily for all of us, the beauties of nature inspire all kinds of artists. These panels are amazing.

  4. They are gorgeous…and I’m lucky enough to know Tallmadge as I worked with her at her representing gallery, Augen Gallery in Portland. She’s an amazing artist, great post, Pam! Thank you for sharing.

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