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Catch the New Mural at Eagle Point

Looking for a new perspective? Check out Hagg Lake’s newest mural “Above and Below” at Eagle Point Recreation Area. Painted by local artist, Raziah Roshan, the scene features a split view of a rainbow trout underwater, and a blue heron, drifting on the waters above. The new artwork wraps around the restroom facility at this recreation area popular with anglers, boaters, and local herons.

new mural in progress

The mural is the third public art project for Washington County Parks at Hagg Lake. “As a public art advocate, it’s been thrilling to bring these projects to fruition at the lake – three projects in three years! – enhancing the already beautiful scenery with engaging artwork,” says Karine Kadyan, Parks Management Analyst.

Staff seek out local artists with a connection to the land, who can in turn strengthen the connection visitors experience through their art. “Traveling through western Washington County was a favorite pastime for my ex-husband and I during the Covid years. We called them "Coffee Drives". We would take loops around Hagg Lake to enjoy the wildlife and serene water. Beyond a personal connection to the landscape, I also assisted in coordinating some of the arts engagements from my prior role as Executive Director for Tualatin Valley Creates. Being invited to do a mural for the park was an honor, as this place now holds so many memories for me,” says Roshan.

While painting the mural, Roshan made friends with anglers, onlookers, and staff. The three lures featured in the piece were provided to her by fishermen who were eager to help Roshan accurately capture the colorful hooks in the mural.  

new mural fishished

“I especially appreciated the staff! Every step of the process went smoothly, from site walks, sketches, wall preparations and the week of painting. This set a solid foundation for my painting process wherein I was able to then turn my attention to making friends with Lake-goers and the critters (squirrels, bees, eagles, crows and heron) that visited each day. It was a beautiful setting to create something so large and colorful in,” Roshan shares.

The “Above and Below” mural joins Hagg Lake’s two other art projects – the Hagg Lake Heron and the Hagg Lake Flock, adding to the growing programming Washington County Parks offers visitors. In addition to discovering art around the park, visitors can enjoy nearly 14 miles of trails, ideal for hiking and biking, as well as geocaching, disc golf, StoryWalks®, fishing, boating, seasonal watercraft rentals, and special events, such as the summer concert series

Curious to see the project take form? Check out our Reel on the WashCoParks Instagram.