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Cafe Portlandia

410 Sw Main St, Portland, Oregon 97204 USA

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“second largest copper statue in the United States”

Looming over the west entrance of the Portland Building is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the U.S. (after the Statue of Liberty); a classical sculpture of a woman bearing a trident, crouching over the entryway and reaching down to welcome visitors. For its sheer size, it's surprisingly easy to miss - keep your eyes peeled for Michael Graves' historic postmodern building painted in red, blue, and tan.

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Travel Oregon

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June 17, 2015

Portlandia is a sculpture by Raymond Kaskey located above the entrance of Michael Graves' Portland Building in downtown Portland. It is notable for being the second largest copper repoussé statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty. Portlandia is an example of the city's Public Art Program that works with the public and private sectors to integrate art into communities that reflects a range of disciplines, media and thinking.

Installed in September 1985 after being floated down the Willamette River on a barge, Portlandia is based on the design of the city seal. It depicts a woman in classical clothes with a trident reaching down with right hand to greet visitors to the building.

The statue itself is 36 feet (11 meters) high. If standing, the woman would be approximately 50 feet (15 m) high. The statue is above street level, and faces a narrow, bus-only, tree-lined street.
Public Art Walking Tour Map: Download this Public Art Walking Tour map (pdf) and discover other impressive works of art that animates the urban landscape and contributes to the Portland's infectious vitality.

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Derek Neuland

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August 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

If you don't look up, you might miss this. I lived in Portland for a year until I first saw it. Then I felt like an idiot because it's so big it's hard to miss once you first see it.

This is also where the show Portlandia got it's name, and you will recognize it in the intro montage.

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ChrissyEdwards

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September 30, 2015
Rated 4.0

Cool statue. Almost walked right by it!

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okn0tok

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January 31, 2015
Rated 5.0

I remember the first time I saw it, I was really pretty impressed with the sheer size of the sculpture! It is a very impressive sight and a great photo op!

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trulyfree

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November 06, 2014
Rated 4.0

The statue is huge. Worth taking pictures.

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Joshua Smibert

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October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

A classic photo op that will make you start thinking about the spirit of the 90's. Which is most definitely alive in Portland. I love this city.

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Cafe Portlandia

410 Sw Main St
Portland, Oregon
97204 USA

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