Haystack Rock —a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike—is located near Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon. Towering 235 feet over the beach, the Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long. It is one of the largest “sea stacks” on America’s Pacific coast. The rocky reefs of Haystack Rock and the neighboring Needles have abundant and rich intertidal life. Tidepoolers are drawn to its wonders every day. As many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world. Haystack Rock is protected under Fish and Wildlife regulations as a Marine Garden and a seabird nesting refuge. (Excerpt from the City of Cannon Beach website)
Henry Waldo Coe was a prominent Portland physician and politician, and among his many achievements and contributions, he commissioned and donated four statues to the city of Portland in the 1920s. The tributes to Abraham Lincoln (The President by American sculptor George Fite Waters) and Joan of Arc by Emmanuel Frémiet have previously been featured on pdx|cept (see links below), and today’s post features the third in the series: Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider by American artist Alexander Phimister Proctor. Along with the Lincoln tribute, this bronze equestrian statue is located in the South Park Blocks near the Portland Art Museum. The sculpture depicts Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, as the leader of the cavalry regiment called the Rough Riders, who fought during the Spanish–American War. Standing nearly 20 feet tall (including the base), the sculpture was cast in Brooklyn, New York, and after a journey by sea via the Panama Canal, it arrived in Portland in 1922. (See another view here)
(This is such a perfect Thanksgiving pic, I had to re-post from last year—a new pdx|cept Thanksgiving tradition! Painting by Scott Young, photographed in the wonderful gallery halls of McMenamin’s Kennedy School)
A third scene from the stunning exhibit by Oregon-based sculptor Chris Antemann which is currently on display at the Portland Art Museum. To read more about the exhibit, click here…
The Sauvie Island Bridge crosses the Multnomah Channel of the Willamette River just north of Portland. The original Parker truss bridge, built in 1950 with a 200-foot main span, was replaced with a tied arch bridge with a 360-foot span in 2008 due to cracks discovered in 2001. Early designs for a new bridge were submitted in July 2004, and groundbreaking was held on January 4, 2006. Located at river mile three, the main span is 360 feet long and rests 80 feet above the water. The main span is of a tied arch design constructed of steel, while the approach spans are a box-girder style using pre-stressed concrete. The bridge has two lanes of traffic with shoulders and sidewalks on both sides for a total width of 66 feet. The $43 million new bridge opened June 23, 2008. (Excerpts from Wikipedia)
Detail of the Squeak Carnwath painting Will Or Won’t (2006), currently on display at the Portland Art Museum.