““PORTLAND IS WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE GO TO RETIRE.”

FRED ARMISEN

LAST WEEK’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS

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.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #PPAC

  • 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.

YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE

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.”

GOVERNOR TOM MCCALL, 1971

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.


61 responses to “PPAC #66: Portland Public Art”

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  3. Julie Avatar

    The elephant mural looks so charming.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I really liked that too. 🙂

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  4. Teresa Avatar

    The mosaic relief is a different approach, love it! Here is mine https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/10/11/in-search-of-frankstons-giant-canvases/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fabulous choices, Teresa!

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  6. the eternal traveller Avatar

    This mosaic is gorgeous. By coincidence, I linked my public art post to you last week and it’s a mosaic too. Great minds…

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  7. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    great pics.. costs are escalating for sure.. crazy!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, they are.

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  9. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    What an amazing place! The elephant brick relief is stunning!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Aletta. I agree.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Saania! 🙂

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  10. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Next time – new blogger meetup!

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  11. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Love the raccoon. Though in real life they can be quite aggressive. Sharp teeth.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know. I got bit by one two years ago. Mama raccoon had my little doggie between her paws and I kicked her – not having any other weapon at the moment and considering it was the middle of the night. 🙂

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      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        They look cute but they’re ferocious. Kicking was the best option. No choice.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Exactly!

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  12. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha – I enjoyed your post and was curious about the elephants and that relief.
    Is that real brick or is it painted on to look like brick?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s real brick, which is amazing since the grout lines match up and some of the bricks are bullnosed. It’s a subtle piece.

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  13. Sadje Avatar

    Awesome photos Marsha. Sorry to have missed WQW last week.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. No worries. I snuck it in on an off day. Now that I’m back, I’ll be sending you some questions in the next few days. I can’t wait to hear back from you. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Oh thank you so much.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You’re welcome.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  16. Gift N. T. Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That is a travesty and so heartbreaking, Gift.

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  17. Leanne Cole Avatar

    I love those elephants, that is really amazing.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I think creating that piece would have reuired a lot of talent and patience. Thanks for your comment Leanne. 🙂

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  18. Toonsarah Avatar

    Wow, those elephants are great – subtle yet very realistic! But then, you know by now how much I like elephants 🐘🐘 Meanwhile I’m taking you to Sofia to see the street art we saw there on our latest trip: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-more-street-art-from-sofia/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Even knowing that Sofia is a place, I still had to think twice. I just read Sofia’s PPAC post. I’m coming right over to take a peek. 🙂

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  20. Sofia Alves Avatar

    I love the texture and detailing. It’s a lovely piece of art.
    I don’t know why your posts aren’t showing on my WP Reader, but I found you in the end 🙂
    Here is mine:
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    1. Marsha Avatar

      WP may have unfriended me. It has a mind of its own.

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  22. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love the brick relief too, and I didn’t even see it at first it blends in so well. The whole trip was amazing.

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  23. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    What a whimsical place. I just love it.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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  24. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Great pictures, Marsha, and a fun adventure with Terri, I love the elephants best.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They are amazing creatures, aren’t they, Robbie – even on a wall. 🙂

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        They really are. I love seeing elephants although they are quite dangerous. Probably the most dangerous of the animals we see on our trips as they are temperamental and can crush a vehicle if provoked.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I didn’t know that about them. I know they are smart. I didn’t know they are moody. We don’t see them in real life, without going to a zoo. When I was a kid there were circuses and other shows that came to town. That doesn’t happen any more for obvious reasons.

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          1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

            Yes, we don’t have circuses either. I have actually never been to one.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            When I was a preschooler up to elementary, my grandparents took us to see the Shriner’s Circus each year. Then we stopped. I don’t know if they no longer held it or that we got too old.

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  25. tgeriatrix Avatar

    Wonderful! I really like the elephant relief.
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  27. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

    I love these shots, Marsha! So unique! Enjoy the weekend. 🌞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Lisa, you too.

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