Coffee Break Monday | July 21, 2014
Subject: The Red e Café | Location: Inside the Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Avenue (Pearl District)
The Tour de France heads into its final 8 stages today (Stage 14 takes place on Saturday with the 177km route from Grenoble to Risoul), and as a photgraphic tribute to this great sporting event, pdx|cept looks back to last summer’s Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. This amazing display of bicycle helmets—forming the museum’s “P” letterform/logo—greeted visitors above the museum entrance near the public sculpture garden.
There are many sculptural representations of Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark (see here for another example), but this bronze sculpture,designed and constructed by Patricia Egan Police and Joe Police, stands out as one of the most unique and interesting. Simply entitled Sacajawea (and dedicated in 1980), the sculpture stands at the turnaround joining Fifth Street and North Elm Street in Cannon Beach. Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacajawea might have stood at this very spot over two-hundred years ago, enjoying a perfect location for taking in the beautiful vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
Did Piet Mondrian visit Portland and try his hand at architecture? Apparently, that could be more than just a fantasy considering the appearance of this downtown building, reminiscent of the vertical/horizontal grid lines and interlocking geometric color planes of the great Dutch artist’s famous paintings. Mondrian’s distinct style is referenced often in popular culture—from Yves Saint Laurent clothing lines in the1960s to the colorful patterns of The Partridge Family bus—and this building may have also derived inspiration from Mondrian’s minimalist masterpieces. (Also see Portland a la Mondrian | October 21, 2013)
The Scholar’s Courtyard in Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden is a quiet place for reflection and inspiration. Symbols abound, including the plum trees and mosaic stepping stones—symbolizing “plum blossoms on cracked ice”—which signal the coming of spring and symbolize endurance and hope. (Excerpts from the Lan Su Chinese Garden website)
“Situated in the historic Mississippi District, Prost! (at 4237 North Mississippi Avenue) offers Portland an inviting neighborhood pub as a gathering place for friends, great bier, and authentic German food. Each bier, imported from Germany, is poured properly into its appropriate glass, fulfilling German tradition and guaranteeing great taste. Biers range from light Lagers, to Weissbiers, to Schwarzbier, and come from numerous breweries such as Spaten, Paulaner, and Ayinger, among others; they are served in traditional sizes spanning the half liter, to the mass (1.L), to der stiefel (2.L) (aka “das boot”). Each bite of food is made with the best local ingredients, in the traditional German way. Each table is an open spot for communal seating to share with friends and to make new ones. Come join us at the Pub!” (Excerpts from the Prost! website)
(Note: Admittedly, I am not a huge football/World Cup fan, and this post is not meant to be an endorsement favoring Germany in the World Cup Final. I congratulate both teams on making it through, and if Germany wins, great; if Argentina wins, great as well. But, if you are inclined to favor Germany to take home the prize, Prost! could be a good Portland location raise a few glasses and cheer on your team!)
A companion piece to an earlier post (May 27, 2014), this is another example of the many creative bird houses that pop up out of the lush and abundant herb garden at McMenamins Edgefield, located just east of Portland in Troutdale. The elongated, vertical shape and half-moon roof of this birdhouse is reminiscent of the wide range of amusing art and architecture found throughout the grounds of the Edgefield.
Portland’s Clinton Street Theater (located at 2522 SE Clinton Street) was built in 1914 and opened in 1915 as The Clinton. It is a unique single-screen independent art house cinema which is said to be the oldest continuously operating movie house west of the Mississippi. The venue became known as the 26th Avenue Theatre in 1945 and the Encore in 1969, before reverting to a resemblance of its original name in 1976. The Clinton Street Theater often screens grindhouse, documentary, cult and experimental films, and has become known for hosting regular screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show since 1978, making it one of the longest running movie engagements in the world. (Excerpts from Wikipedia and Cinema Treasures)
It is not too often during the year when we Portlanders need to seek out places to cool off, but with the temperatures forecast to rise into the high 90s and to even climb over the 100 degree mark in the coming week, a good option might be to make your way downtown to Keller Fountain Park, located directly across from Keller Auditorium on Southwest 3rd Avenue. Since opening in 1970, Keller Fountain Park has been helping to keep Portlanders cool during our occasional heat waves with the park’s central feature: The Keller Fountain, named after Portland Development Commissioner Ira Keller, who served from 1958–1972, and designed by Angela Danadjieva who took inspiration from waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge located east of Portland.
Subject: Coava Coffee Roasters Espresso Bar | Location: 2631 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland | Comments: Coava’s latest creation—The Coava Espresso Bar— is located along Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland’s Southeast district. “Our espresso bar is about community. The gorgeous shop expands on the simplicity of Coava’s signature menu with direct-trade Cocanu mochas, house-made Madagascar vanilla, and elegant teas from Portland’s Foxfire Tea. We always offer two origins for espresso-based drinks alongside our rotating black coffees. Our pastries are crafted locally by the incredible folks at Little T American Baker. We always have fresh bags of our current coffee offerings. Whether for a gift, a special occasion, or just daily drinking, we can help find the one for you. You can come and enjoy a delicious drink at your own pace, meet a friend, or get some work done.” (Excerpt from the Coava Coffee Roasters website)
The fifth in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. Today’s post features a detail view of Faun by Antoine Coysevox, a large marble sculpture completed in 1709.
Happy Indepedence Day from pdx|cept! This image of the stars and stripes was shot at the beautiful Oregon Coast location of The Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach.