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PPAC #66: Portland Public Art




Last week for PPAC #65 hosted by Sarah showing off the amazing art in Paris, we had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.


  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants (posted by Wednesday at noon) might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.


My Choices for PPAC #66 The Elephant House – Public Art in Washington Park

“We want you to visit our State of Excitement often. Come again and again. But for heaven’s sake, don’t move here to live. Or if you do have to move in to live, don’t tell any of your neighbors where you are going.”


The first place Terri and I visited was Portland where we both spent some time as children. When I lived here, the above quote was on everyone’s lips. You could buy a beautiful house for $33,000, gas cost $.25 a gallon, rent was about $100 or less per month, and the Banfield Freeway was a scary and annoying place to drive. Some things don’t change. Guess which one didn’t change.

The day after our blogger meetup, Terri ventured out into traffic again and we drove downtown to Washington Park to see the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. We had a hard time finding a parking place and only had two hours, so we skipped the Japanese Garden because of the $20 entry fee per person.

The Elephant Room was one of the most interesting public art I found. It’s located in Washington Park where the Rose Garden is and was the first stop we made on the way to the Garden. The perfect picnic location, with sheltered tables and public restrooms, it was almost empty the day we were there.

The relief art on the sides of the building was all mosaics giving it a three-dimensional mural look.

I was a little wary of the raccoon if any of you remember another experience I had when Terri visited me in California.
They look innocent and cute, don’t they?
An Oregonian art piece would not be complete without a duck.
It took a minute for our eyes to adjust to the darker room when we walked into the Elephant Room. At first, I didn’t even notice this amazing relief.
“Home to Rosy, the first elephant to live in Oregon, this building is the only surviving structure from the Oregon Zoo’s previous location. Rosy came from Thailand in 1953. Her arrival helped generate support for a new modern zoo, which opened in 1959. The Oregon Zoo has since earned international recognition for its Asian elephant program; more endangered elephants have been born in Portland’s zoo than at any other zoo in North America.”

Ongoing on Always Write

  • Farewell to Story Chat – September Summary “A Daily Regret” by Gary A. Wilson Thank you to all the faithful authors and chatters who participated in two years of Story Chat. It was a great ride.
  • Thanks again to Sarah Wilkie (Toonsarah) of Travel with Me, who Guest Hosted PPAC #65
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • October 5: Fitness Follow-up #3 Make Your Efforts Do Double Duty/ or favorite indoor sports or exercises
    • October 12: Air: Wind, Storms
    • October 19: Cold Weather Tips
    • October 26: Holiday: Halloween/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC.

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  1. What lovely photos of the Elephant Room, Marsha. My grandson and I would walk there and play on the playground when he was little. The relief mural always captured our attention. I’m sorry you didn’t get to the Japanese Garden. It’s beautiful. Next time!

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  2. The mosaic art is so detailed and colorful while the elephant relief is very eye-catching! Interesting to learn about Rosy and that she came from Thailand. We used to have more elephants here. Thankfully, there have been more ethical elephant programs in Thailand now, but it’s still heartbreaking to see some elephants being exploited still here.

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  3. That elephant house was so fun–I just love the huge brick elephant relief. Sure had fun that day, Marsha! Luckily there were some good back roads to take that didn’t involve the dreaded Hwy 5. LOL! I’m adding a pic of the Elephant House too for Sunday Stills!

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    • Portland is where I finished high school and started college. My brother still lives there, so I get back occasionally. I do love it. Just add bloggers for even more fun. 🙂





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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