Courtesy: Coutesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Driver's Seat

Portland, Oregon

Don Merkt (

Transit Mall, NW 5th Ave. and NW Irving St., Portland, Oregon, 97204
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  1994
Placement:  sidewalks
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  steel (alloy)
Description:  Located in Portland's transportation hub, the sculpture is a large abstracted eye that focuses on the train station's clock tower, or more metaphorically time. A steering wheel is located behind the iris along with a formal seat that is open to the public. The back of the seat is an inverted replica of the clock face. The artist describes the piece as being about "social responsibility and that shared sensation of steering something greater than yourself through time, whether it be a bus, a family, a community or a culture. The sculpture can be seen as a collective 'I or eye', a living populist sculpture that cameos whoever takes the wheel."

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