Behold! The Springfield Flame

The Springfield Flame now shines above the Gateway area of town. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A new landmark lit up the foggy night in the Gateway area as Springfield residents welcomed the 62-foot Springfield Flame statue to the night skyline.

THE ARTIST: Devin Laurence Field of Portland. He said the design can be sketched with three strokes of a pen, just like the Eiffel Tower, and it will serve as a symbol for the city. "The idea was to try to create something that's a landmark for the north end of the city and create a beacon for travelers," Field said.

HOW MUCH? The 62-foot tall sculpture cost $236,000. The City of Springfield says the majority of the funding is coming from transient room tax with additional funding assistance from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

WHY? "Gateway contains the largest amount of hotel rooms between Portland and San Francisco," Niel Laudati with the City of Springfield said in November 2015. "There has been a decade-long call for a welcome structure to emphasize Springfield."

WHAT'S NEXT? Phase 2, which includes a plaza and seatwall for travelers and residents to visit The Flame, will begin construction in 2017.

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