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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Portland: An Odd Monument

Portland, Oregon ~ May 3, 2009

This odd and interesting stone sculpture can be found at Union Station in Portland. It doesn't really have a lamp sticking out of the top, but I couldn't find a good angle from this side.


It looks more integrated from this side. I don't know what the building is on the other side of the intersection, but the stonework, arches and trees make a nice backdrop. I like it, and I won't say what I think it looks like. I wonder if that's what was intended? (Aha! It was meant to be a cairn, so says the sculptor.)

After posting another photo of Portland two days ago and two of Gaeta, Italy here and here, I thought I might try some theme weeks on Tapirgal's Daily and see what happens. I don't know that they will really be weeks, but I think I'll post a few more pix of Portland over the next few days to give more than just one random image at a time. What do you think?

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5 comments:

Jacob said...

I love stone work ... and this is nice, but I'm not going to tell you what I think it looks like!

Re your comment on Colorado: Yes, we spent some time in Gunnison but didn't make it to Palisade...you do get around...I didn't realize you'd lived in Colorado for 8 years!

You are a very interesting person...

Lee Spangler said...

I think the orange cone is a humorous touch and contrast tween straight and crooked.

catherine todd said...

Lamp sticking out? Photoshop!

Great seeing what looks like an ancient cairn in the middle of modern day life. Love the look of dry stack stonework however it comes. Great photos. Thanks so much; always something to think about.

JM said...

I agree it's strange but I like this 'chimney' on the ground! :-)

catherine todd said...

Stone cairns:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairn

and http://miedrichluo.blogspot.com/2006/05/even-rocks-shall-cry-out.html

Even the Rocks shall Cry Out

Before things were written in stone, there were pillars of stone: cairns, altars, mani stones, monoliths. One by one, the builder found stones and stacked them into a tower. Often the reason was known only to the builder. A meditative marker of time, of place, or experience of the holy. A mound of rough stones. A memory. A prayer.