- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Motorists entering Springfield from the north will now be greeted by a towering flame.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/ZR34hd ) that city officials and community members gathered Wednesday to formally unveil the 62-foot-tall Springfield Flame sculpture. The sculpture has been illuminated since October, but Wednesday marked the ceremonial flame lighting.

The sculpture, by artist Devin Field, features a laser-cut stainless steel flame shape positioned atop curved steel pipes. The flame is lit by energy-efficient, color-changing light strip that glow from purple to blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

The taxpayer-funded sculpture cost $263,000 to design and install and was paid for primarily with tax revenue collected by Springfield hotels.

The city also received funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation for the project.



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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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