Photos: Great Blue Heron statue lands at 13th and Alder

The Great Blue Heron statue created by Jud Turner was placed on the corner of East 13th Avenue and Alder Street early Saturday morning. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

A statue of a blue heron, made of 50 percent recycled materials and 50 percent new steel, was unveiled Thursday in anticipation for Eugene’s 150th birthday on Oct. 20, 2012. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

Peanut Olsen poses with for a photo with their family gnome named Johan Jerry Allen in front of the Great Blue Heron Statue. Olsen and her mom learned about the statue on the news that morning and wanted a photo of their gnome to add to their collection. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

The statue was commissioned in partnership with the Duck Store, the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene. It stands sixteen feet tall. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

The statue of the Great Blue Heron was installed on the morning of Oct. 18 in order to celebrate Eugene’s 150th birthday, which was on the 17th. A community gathering is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 20 at the Hult Center in downtown Eugene. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Ryan Muller and Elisa Saturno sit on the base of the Great Blue Heron statue Thursday evening. Saturno helped install the statue earlier that morning. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

Jud Turner, the creator of the sculpture, uses found objects to create art. Turner’s design for the 16-foot-tall bird was selected out of a national pool. (Tess Freeman/Emerald)

“Great Blue Heron” was designed by Jud Turner, a Eugene sculpture artist. (Nate Barrett/Emerald)

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