We’ll begin our tour below a statue that is said to symbolize the city: Raymond Kaskey’s Portlandia, which ranks right behind the Statue of Liberty as the world’s largest hammered copper sculpture. Located outside Michael Graves’s postmodern Portland Building on SW 5th Avenue between Main Street and Madison Street, the crouching female figure holding a trident re-creates the Lady of Commerce on the city seal.
Inside the Portland Building on the second floor is the Portland Public Art Gallery (8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), operated by the Regional Arts and Culture Council or RACC (503/823-5111, www.racc.org), where you can pick up a walking tour map of the city’s murals, fountains, sculptures, statues, and other public art pieces.
Follow SW Main Street east toward the Willamette River.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel