Magazine article Sunset

Winter Beach Treasure: Head to the Central Oregon Coast to Comb the Sands for Glass Floats and Prowl Galleries for Art

Magazine article Sunset

Winter Beach Treasure: Head to the Central Oregon Coast to Comb the Sands for Glass Floats and Prowl Galleries for Art

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On his 12th birthday, Eliot Stone was strolling the sandy spit north of Wald-port, Oregon, seeking treasures between winter squalls. The last thing he expected to find was a globe of watery green glass.

A generation ago such an object could have been a Japanese fisherman's float, torn loose from the nets and cast upon this beach after months or years at sea. But Eliot's treasure never tasted seawater. It was blown by an Oregon artist and placed on the beach, simply waiting to be found. It is part of a kind of winter aster egg hunt that has visitors flocking to the central Oregon coast in the off-season. And those not lucky enough to find an art glass float on he beach can buy one at nearly any gallery on the central coast.

This new take on beachcombing vas the brainchild of Waldport artist Bryan Duncan in the late '90s. He wanted to celebrate the millennium by placing 2,000 glass floats on the beach at the start of 2000. …

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