Ore. bridge sculpture puzzles some, part of appeal

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Eugene is also the site of a new public sculpture.

The 30-foot tall sculpture forms a net of stainless steel cables and reflective disks intended to honor Native American net and weir fishing in the Northwest.

The Register-Guard reports the $100,000 art project, titled "Bountiful" by its creator, Dexter artist Lee Imonen, was funded by federal stimulus money.

Officials told the newspaper that bids for the bridge came back much lower than initially estimated, so the city was faced with having to return some of the stimulus money.

Instead, the city decided to look at adding elements to the bridge it previously had thought it could not afford for the project.

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