The “basket weave” concept started with a historical approach, specifically the Kalapuya Native American tribe. The design structure takes its forms from the open weave baskets of the Kalapuya, whose history and connection to the Riverfront are an integral part of the land and culture that is the Salem Riverfront Park. This reference to the past adds to the expressive design and significance of the place; it celebrates the future of our community while honoring our past.

This sweeping wood structure creates an iconic design for the Willamette Riverfront which relates to the newly completed pedestrian bridge and modern day activities of the area.