The Lewis and Clark Overlook, and a native plant garden sit where the museum’s lush gardens give way to sagebrush ranchlands, offering up panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge, surrounding plateaus, and majestic Mt. Hood. The centerpiece is The Maryhill Overlook, a site-specific sculpture by renowned architect Brad Cloepfil.
Constructed in 1998, The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture featuring a 150 foot ribbon of concrete with openings that provide capsule views of the surrounding landscape, transforming and shifting with light and perspective. It was Allied Works’ first completed Sitings Project, part of a series of conceptual proposals seeking to interpret and reveal the diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.
An accessible pathway surrounds the sculpture and takes visitors through a Native Plant Garden featuring plants collected by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery during their 1805-1806 trek. Interpretative panels explain Maryhill’s history, its 5,300-acre site, and regional attractions. (The museum’s grounds are an official site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.)