Yakaya was made by Troy Pillow in 2010. Kayaks as art? Perfectly reasonable in a water-loving town like Bend! Troy Pillow, whose public art can be found around the country, constructed Yakaya from nine colorful kayaks. Pillow says he strives to “create a union of ease between modern design and nature, blending fluidly with their environment and elements.” Yakaya does just that, as it is strategically located next to one of the most popular launch spots for people who are ready to ride the Deschutes.