Cultural Services News & Stories

Posted on: September 28, 2022

New Wayfinding Signs Downtown

Tim Jarvis with an orange finial

Have you noticed the new wayfinding signs throughout Eugene? Local artist Tim Jarvis handcrafted colorful glass finials to sit atop these new signposts.

Orange finial installedThe City of Eugene, Travel Lane County and The Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene collaborated to establish a pedestrian wayfinding program to bring a coordinated and artistic amenity to life, and to further enrich the cultural landscape of Eugene.

Tim's vision for the finial design was based on the keystone or capstone of an archway. Keystones are placed at the apex of the arch during the final stage of construction, just as the placement of finials at the apex of the signposts were the final design element in the wayfinding project. The goal was to create something timeless and cohesive to the existing architecture and signage of Eugene.

Tim is a Eugene-based sculptor and instructor. He specializes in hot glass, flameworking and cold working techniques, but also works with metals, stone and other organic materials. While teaching as Studio Manager at the University of Oregon for 10 years, he had the opportunity to collaborate across departments on projects with Art and Architecture, Material Science and Landscape Architecture. He currently works cooperatively with other professional artists and designers and is excited to have his work represented in the City of Eugene’s public art collection.

Learn more about this fun projectMultiple finials before being installed

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