The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently unveiled a new recycled mural along with new solar panels at its Bend location. The solar electric system is expected to save the store approximately $7,000 per year in energy costs and will give the location 90 percent of the total power needed to operate for the year.
"A Bend in the River" wraps around the outside of the building and was constructed by artist Rochelle Schueler and designed by painter and longtime Bend artist Justyn Livingston. Livingston is known for her design and tile work at the McMenamins soaking pools.
Livingston drew inspiration from the project after looking through some of her art books.
"I was drawn to the African sculptor El Anatsui who creates fabric out of metal trash by 'sewing' pieces of metal together," she said in a statement. She and her artist friend Chris Abramczeck began experimenting by sewing together metal strips. "This meant punching holes in the tough metal and attaching them with baling wire—a very labor-intensive process."
But just before the project began, Livingston discovered she had cancer and was getting ready to undergo surgery and treatment, and so Schueler stepped in to help.
"As luck would have it, Rochelle offered to do the assembly herself. I am forever grateful to her for this generosity," Livingston said in a statement.
Schueler spent two months assembling 28 tongue and groove metal siding panels 16 inches wide totaling 35 feet. Through the generosity of Scot Brees, Schueler says he rented her a space at no cost at the High Desert Makers' Mill—that will open soon. While Schueler typically works in tile mosaic, she enjoyed being part of this project.
"I walked around with a bucket and filled it with things that spoke to me, came back, and put it in piles and created it from there," she said.
Bend Habitat ReStore
224 NE Thurston Ave.
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