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VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 24 -- After nearly a century, Fort Vancouver and the Columbia River are about to be reintroduced, just in time for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

The Confluence Project, along with Jones + Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd., will unveil the model and vision for the Fort Vancouver land bridge, the first of six interpretive artworks to be constructed at various confluences along the Columbia River Basin.

"Fort Vancouver may be the most historically significant area in the Northwest," said Jane Jacobsen, executive director of the Confluence Project. "More than 600 people from 35 cultures lived at the end of the Klickitat Trail. The fort near the river was a key meeting place in the early 1800s. Since then, we've built highways and railways that have severed the link to the river and now we have the opportunity to reestablish it."

Designed to reconnect the landscape to the Columbia River, three land bridge concepts will be presented for public discussion. The land bridge concept was created by Jones + Jones with artist Maya Lin's participation. Lin will integrate her artwork into the completed structure. Confluence Project members, the National Park Service, the city of Vancouver, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Pearson Field also participated in the review of the land bridge concepts. Groundbreaking for the land bridge is expected in 2005 with completion slated for 2006.

The Confluence Project involves the creation of public artworks at key points along the Columbia River Basin that mark important confluences of rivers and ecosystems and Native American and Euro-American cultures. Maya Lin was selected as the artist who could best interpret the complex story of the Northwest's past 200 years.

Through place and art, the goal of the Confluence Project is to integrate environmental concerns with an awareness of and sensitivity to the tremendous changes on Native Americans and their homelands set into motion by the journey of Lewis and Clark. The project is scheduled for completion in 2007.

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