Throwing it back to November 2013 and The Portland Art Museum exhibit: Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, featuring samurai warrior battle gear and objects from one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. “Notice the tiny monkey on each of these stirrups—rare embellishments on this type of equipment. Monkeys were believed to be protective figures for horses, saving them from potential illness. Live monkeys were often kept in stables to help keep horses calm.” (Excerpts from the exhibition descriptions)
A true sign of Spring, beautiful trillium makes its annual appearance along the Trillium Trail at Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland. This little perennial flowering plant even has its own festival!
You can’t miss the latest addition to Burnside Avenue—a series of bright purple, star-studded awnings at McMenamins Ringlers Pub beneath the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room. “Named for the Crystal’s originator — dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler — Ringlers features a high, wooden-beamed ceiling and massive, mosaic-tiled bar, with the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.”
This is a rare re-post on pdx|cept, as a tribute to architect Michael Graves who died today at the age of 80. Graves designed the iconic Portland Building—a Portland landmark with the “Portlandia” sculpture standing above its entrance:
Portlandia is a sculpture by Raymond Kaskey located above the entrance of Michael Graves’ Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. It is the second-largest copper repoussé statue in the United States, after the Statue of Liberty. Unlike the Statue of Liberty, Portlandiamay not be reproduced for any commercial purpose without permission from the artist, and the rights to the image of Portlandia remain Kaskey’s sole property.
Installed on October 6, 1985, the statue is based on the design of the city seal. It depicts a woman dressed in classical clothes, holding a trident in the left hand and reaching down with the right hand to greet visitors to the building. The statue itself is 34 feet, 10 inches high. If standing, the woman would be about 50 feet tall.
An accompanying plaque contains a poem by Portland resident Ronald Talney:
She kneels down, and from the quietness of copper, reaches out. We take that stillness into ourselves, and somewhere deep in the earth, our breath becomes her city. If she could speak, this is what she would say: Follow that breath. Home is the journey we make. This is how the world knows where we are.
“Richard Mosse’s powerful video installation The Enclave (2013) premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale in the Irish Pavilion. The Enclave was produced using a recently discontinued military film technology originally designed in World War II to reveal camouflaged installations hidden in the landscape. This film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson, and hot pink. On the threshold of the medium’s extinction, Mosse employed this film to document an ongoing conflict situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This humanitarian disaster—in which 5.4 million people have died since 1998—is largely overlooked by the mass media. Frequent massacres, human rights violations, and widespread sexual violence remain unaccounted for. In a kind of advocacy of seeing, The Enclave attempts to cast this forgotten tragedy in a new spectrum of light, to make this forgotten humanitarian disaster visible.” (Excerpt from the Portland Art Museum)