December, 2020

Barbara Walker Crossing Featured in cover story of Modern Steel Construction Magazine

Barbara Walker Crossing Pedestrian Bridge, designed and championed by Ed Carpenter, was featured on the cover of the December 2020 issue of the Modern Steel Construction Magazine.  The full article is on pages 26-29.


December, 2020

Barbara Walker Crossing Wins Regional Award from Engineering News Record Magazine

Barbara Walker Crossing Pedestrian Bridge, designed and championed by Ed Carpenter, is an ENR 2020 Regional Best Projects Winner.  Link to the awards page:

November, 2020

Ed Carpenter wins two gateway sculpture design competitions, one for Love Field in Dallas, Texas, and one for the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Both projects are moving forward and will be installed in mid-2021.

Love Field Gateway Sculpture

“LoveBird” alights at the head of Love Field’s runway, guardian of the airport, spreading its wings in a display of pride and optimism. Its sleek contours compliment the Modernism of the terminal, simultaneously suggesting a fantastical bird or advanced aircraft, poised for flight. To some it may evoke the “wing display” of the Mockingbird, namesake of the adjacent roadway. “LoveBird” brings a poetic and heroic presence to the site, alighting delicately on a fine point, slightly canted, stabilized by slender cables arrayed in a fan form suggesting tail feathers.

Dimensions: 90’ wide x 20’ high x 25’ wide.

Materials: 304 stainless steel, laminated safety glass wing tips, stainless steel cables and hardware, reinforced concrete base.

Lake Oswego Gateway

The site is a pocket park on a major highway at the northern edge of Lake Oswego, Oregon, with an opportunity to create a gateway icon for the City. Lake Oswego is known for its verdant trees and flowers, and its citizens see their city as beautiful, friendly, peaceful, clean, and green. Accordingly, a botanical theme has been developed for the sculpture, abstractly conveying some of those qualities. Tall for maximum presence, and brightly illuminated at night, the sculpture will rise proudly against a backdrop of mature native trees and shrubs, creating a sylvan corsage at the City’s entry.

Dimensions: 26’ tall x 12’ 4” wide.

Materials: Stainless steel, polished and painted, laminated glass, perforated stainless steel, up-lighting.

September, 2020

Barbara Walker Crossing wins 2 international awards!

Portland’s Barbara Walker Crossing has been selected in two categories, Transportation and People’s Choice, by an international jury of design professionals, chosen from among hundreds of entries worldwide.  We are told this is the first time the CODA Awards process has resulted in a double winner.

Designed and shepherded by Ed Carpenter, this bridge became a project of the Portland Parks Foundation in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and Metro.

Hearty thanks to hundreds of donors and scores of team members who made this project a winner!

Click here to view CODA Award entry

July, 2020

St. Mark’s Cathedral Celebratory Video

St. Mark’s Cathedral Video by David Wild, celebrating 25 years since completion of the Cathedral’s interior renovation and great window, features commentary by Ed Carpenter and architect Jim Olson.

“Renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson of the firm Olson Kundig and Portland sculptor and installation artist Ed Carpenter reflect on Saint Mark’s Seattle’s iconic glass-and-steel reredos screen and rose window, designed and installed as part of a substantial reorganization of the worship space in in 1996–97.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington strives to be: a house of prayer for all people, where we worship God and proclaim the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ; a loving, welcoming, inclusive community that nurtures faith, encourages service, and integrates social and environmental justice into our lives; a sacred gathering place for the Diocese of Olympia and the broader community in times of crisis, sorrow, and celebration.

Saint Mark’s Cathedral is part of the Episcopal Church, and as a cathedral, serves as the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia.”

October, 2019

Footbridge installed, opened to public October 27!

The Barbara Walker Crossing for the Wildwood Trail was dedicated on October 27, 2019, with a public ceremony including a performance on the bridge by Bodyvox Dance Theatre choreographed by Michael Curry.

October, 2019

Wildwood Trail Footbridge Nearing Completion!

Ed Carpenter’s Wildwood Trail Footbridge (Now officially titled Barbara Walker Crossing) is underway and scheduled for completion in mid-October.

Bridge Opening Celebration October 27!  8:30 am to noon

Event details:
The event will feature a tribal blessing, plus a special “ribbon-tying” ceremony choreographed by world-renowned theatrical set designer Michael Curry and performed by dance troupe Bodyvox. Key leaders of the project will be on hand. There will be a fun run presented by Foot Traffic, all-you-can-eat pancakes, beverages, and, of course, a first crossing.
Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., with the “ribbon-tying” dedication to take place at 9:30 a.m. West Burnside between NW Hermosa and NW Barnes Roads will be closed during the festivities.

Construction updates:

The Barbara Walker Crossing is a project of the Portland Parks Foundation in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and Metro.

Photo by Ed Carpenter

August, 2019

Footbridge to be featured at Sculpture Conference

The International Sculpture Conference, sponsored by Sculpture Magazine, will take place in Portland, Oregon, October 12-15, 2019. Ed Carpenter will give a presentation and lead a walking tour of the Wildwood Trail Footbridge as part of the conference:

Monday, October 14, 12:30pm, lecture:

“Artist as visionary and instigator: the Wildwood Trail Footbridge over West Burnside, Portland, Oregon”

Wednesday, October 16, 10:30am:

Walking tour of the bridge

September, 2018

“Micro Macro Mojo” sculpture in Richardson, Texas installed

January, 2017

Celebrating completion of “Threshold” sculpture for Rowan University

September, 2016

“Harvest” for Pinnacle Bank Arena Plaza in Lincoln, Nebraska, completed.

June, 2016

Celebrating Completion of Grand Civic Sculpture for Taichung, Taiwan.

72′ high stainless steel and laminated glass sculpture, “Crocus”, has been completed and dedicated in Taichung City, Taiwan.

June, 2015

“Aloft” Completed

360’ long tension sculpture completed at Wichita, Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

May, 2015

“Mesaflora” Completed

“Mesaflora”, Country Club Station, Metro – Central Mesa Light Rail Extension.

March, 2015

“Mollie’s Garden” Dedication Celebration

“Mollie’s Garden” Dedication Celebration
Sunday, April 19, 1-3 p.m
Food, music, remarks, meet the artists.

Forest Grove Library
2114 Pacific Ave
Forest Grove, OR
(503) 992-3247

March, 2015

“Mollie’s Garden” Completed

“Mollie’s Garden”, Forest Grove Library, Forest Grove, Oregon.

June, 2014

“Foxglove” Completed

“Foxglove”, University Hospital, San Antonio, Texas.

June, 2013

“Radius” Completed

“Radius”, Ann Arbor Justice Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

October, 2012

Monumental Gateway and Half Mile Long Bridge Treatment Completed

Monumental Gateway and Half Mile Long Bridge Treatment Completed in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

August, 2012

“Ascendus” installed

“Ascendus” installed at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina.

February, 2012

McCarran International Airport sculpture installed

McCarran International Airport, Terminal 3, window and skylight sculpture installed in Las Vegas

September, 2011

“Vessel” featured on ArchiTonic

Ed Carpenter’s “Vessel” for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is featured on ArchiTonic.

September, 2011

International New Landscape Article

Article about Ed Carpenter in International New Landscape, China, Sept/Oct #35, Volume 6.

June, 2011

Michigan State University sculpture installed

Brody Hall Michigan State University interior sculpture installed.

December, 2010

Raleigh-Durham International Airport sculpture installed

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the location of Ed Carpenter’s installation, completed in December 2010 after more than five years of planning.

June, 2010

Film Festival to Screen Site/Light Video

“Site / Light…The Art of Ed Carpenter” by California filmmaker Peter Coonradt has been selected for screening at the New Media Film Festival, June 11-13 at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 South Main Street in Los Angeles. Time of “Site / Light” screening is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

Peter Coonradt has been a professional filmmaker for more than thirty years. Many of his documentary films have been broadcast on local and national public television.

New Media Film Festival:

Site / Light video:


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Portland, Oregon USA 97210

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