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This All Happened More or Less

Portland, Oregon

Crystal Schenk (http://www.crystalschenk.com/), Shelby Davis (http://www.shelby-davis.com/)

Eight sites along Division Street, Portland, OR between 11th and 36th, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon, 97202
Date:  2011, 2014
Placement:  sidewalks
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal), stone (rock)
Description:  Eight art installations are strategically placed along the street, between 11th and 36th, and feature fourteen small-scale bronze figures installed on large dolomite boulders quarried in the Northwest. The stones are placed near businesses and adjacent to new bioswales. The miniature scale of these figures is capable of drawing us in close enough to imagine full and complex scenes, while at the same time transforming the stones into mountaintops. The sculptures can be enjoyed in a passing manner, yet have a sense of intimacy about them and details that are rewarding to people who take the time to investigate.

Our desire was to create artwork that fosters a sense of continuity and community along the street. The series of artworks, in conjunction with the new streetscape, helps tie together the entire corridor and encourages both residents and visitors to walk its length. A search begins for the figures at whichever part of the street you first encounter them and the rocks, in addition to being raw and beautiful by themselves, become markers to help you find the other scenes. The sculptures become an invitation not just to discover the next piece in the series, but also to explore Division Street.

The moments captured by these sculptures are quiet and simple and everyday, mirroring the familiar scenes that can occur on a street like Division. Unlike a statue of a hero or icon, whose story is legend; these people are like you, they are mysterious, complicated, and everyone is invited to guess what goes on in their lives. The stones are monuments to these moments - platforms for the characters, whose purpose is to draw attention to them, but the surrounding cityscape is their stage.

Eight sites along Division Street, Portland, OR between 11th and 36th:

1) 2505 SE 11th AvePortland, OR 9720245.504698, -122.654804Artwork situated on sidewalk in front of entrance to Ford Building

2) 1601 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504880, -122.649325Artwork situated next to bioswale

3) 2317-2453 SE 20th AvePortland, OR 9721445.505050, -122.645176Artwork situated in planting zone at intersection

4) 2132 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504782, -122.644433Artwork situated between bioswale and driveway

5) 2590-2598 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504787, -122.639575Artwork situated in median between sidewalk and street in front of building

6) 3009-3021 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504833, -122.634413Artwork situated on sidewalk at bus stop

7) 3207 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504850, -122.632377Artwork situated next to bioswale

8) 3614 SE Division StPortland, OR 9720245.504741, -122.626002Artwork situated on sidewalk at bus stop

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