Thursday, February 26, 2009

PhotoStory Friday: Portlandia

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

On a shelf of the Portland Building overlooking 5th Avenue in downtown Portland sits the second largest hammered copper statue in the US (the first being the Statue of Liberty). Her name is Portlandia.

She was installed in 1985, after being shipped by rail from Maryland, assembled in a shop in Portland and delivered to the downtown area on a barge up the Willamette River.

Raymond Kaskey is Portlandia's sculptor.

I used to work in this building. Every morning I'd give her a little nod and ask her to help me do my best work.

Portlandia is 36 feet tall in her kneeling pose - if she were to stand up for a stretch, she'd be about 50 feet high.



tiarastantrums said...

wow -really fantastic shots

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

These were beautiful. I adore your DOF selection on some of these!

Chris said...

Neat shots -- that perspective on the hand shot is very cool!

kayerj said...

beautiful pictures. I enjoy the simple layout of your blog.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Very cool, thanks for sharing her with the rest of us. I never knew there was such a large statue in Portland.
As others have said, your perspectives are very interesting and great.

Jientje said...

I love the perspective and the great DOF in some of the pictures! Gorgeous!
Where have I been? On Mars or something? phew!

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