Courtesy: Courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

City Reflections

Portland, Oregon

Patti Warashina (

Transit Mall, SW 6th Ave. and SW Main St., Portland, Oregon, 97204
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  2009
Placement:  sidewalks
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal), granite (rock)
Description:  In conceiving City Reflections, Patti Warashina thought about life on an urban public walkway. The transit mall between Salmon and Main, where her two bronze sculptures are located, is in the heart of Portland where business, civics and culture all come together.The standing figure is a stylized version of a strong female in both a classical and minimal form. The watching dog acts as a counterbalance to the female figure and is the friendly canine companion that is so much a part of our popular culture.Black geometric shapes on the bronze sculptures reference elements of the human body and reflect the shapes and shadows of the surrounding buildings. The black shadows on the sidewalk serve as a natural transition to the pedestrians on the street, as well as indicating the time of day.The smaller copper shapes scattered on the surface of the figures represent computer-generated forms, which speak to the times we live in.

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