Giant Smiley Face on Oregon Hillside Is Made Up of Trees



People Driving along Oregon Route 18 in the autumn months or early December are treated to a unique view that's sure to brighten their day – a giant smiley face looking back at them from forest-covered hillside. Located between Willamina and Grand Ronde, the now famous smiley face of Oregon makes its appearance every fall, as the color of the trees that make up its body start to change color. Some 300 feet in diameter, it consists of two different types of conifers, one that changes color in autumn and one that remains the same color all year round. The story of the Oregon smiley face dates back to 2011, when the Hampton Lumber company decided to create the popular design out of trees during a reforestation operation. They used Douglas fir for the eyes and mouth of the smiley face, and larch for the body of the design. Unlike most conifers, larch loses its needles and turns yellow in autumn. The smiling trees should continue to make people do a double-take for the next 30-50 years, until the trees are ready to be harvested. For now, the smiley face helps cheer up locals when they really need a reason to smile.