|Knox Blocks at ODOT|
|Cyclepedia show at Portland Art Musum|
Walla Walla Foundry did a three-dimensional computer scan of an abstract painting by [James] Lavadour, “it looked like the Columbia Gorge,” said Megan Atiyeh, public art coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission, which chooses art work for state buildings.
“It was from that scan that the foundry took portions for a model and molded it. The resulting sculpture is a transfiguration of his painting.”
|The full panorama|
But it looks like cast-off candy here floating above the grasses! It's gonna dissolve!
More importantly and more seriously, the State keeps missing opportunities to say something about transportation in the 21st century. (Though the kerfuffle over Barbur Boulevard suggests they may have little interest in being serious even in the bike-nirvana of Portland!)
The beef here is not with Lavadour, please note. He's a favorite artist, and another work just a couple of blocks away in the North Mall Office Building is glorious and wonderfully evocative - in many of the same geological ways.
|Delightful James Lavadour|
at the North Mall Office Building
The important point is that there was a large body of untapped site-subject matches better suited to public art at ODOT. It's not philistine to say that ODOT had room for some "applied" art in addition to all the other fine art.
(For more on the ODOT renovation see here and earlier thoughts on the public art here.)