Located prominently along the banks of the Willamette River, and anchored at the southern end of the Downtown Riverfront site, the Steam Plant is an iconic representation of our community’s history and is ripe with possibility for the future. Currently, a local team of community leaders has created a vision for how the Steam Plant could be re-purposed and revitalized.
We heard loud and clear that the majority of Eugene community members value the Steam Plant as a place for the creation and enjoyment of art. When given a choice between specific types of art experiences, our community survey indicated a rather strong desire for a space that is flexible and adaptive. We value a space that will not constrain the potential of what art can be, what one can experience, or who gets to create it.
An open call to local and regional artists can supply the Steam Plant with an ongoing calendar of temporary art exhibits, installations, and performance events. Because the most impactful art is often created by new or unexpected experiences and interactions, an adaptive space at the Steam Plant will be dedicated to inspiring and hosting new art by and for our community. The unique qualities of the space will invite and challenge artists to produce work that will enhance the building’s public realm