Installed in 1960, "Rain Forest" was Western's first outdoor public work and FitzGerald's first bronze fountain. Similar to other sculptures by FitzGerald, this work refers to the natural resources of the Northwest. With its thrust in the air and bark-like pattern in bronze, the vertical structure could be a tree or stand of trees; the horizontal element could be a fallen tree. The soft trickle of the water echoes the light rain pattern persistent in the Northwest. Within the bronze work of the horizontal structure are screens with calligraphic patterns referring to the close connection between our region, China and Japan.