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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

In Celebration of Pigpens

The Portland Building’s latest art installation is for the pigs!


Local artists Lou Watson and Michele McCall provide a comical and artistic response to a quote by the Portland Building’s late architect, Michael Graves, in their installation, In Celebration of Pigpens; The “Sties” the Limit?


Graves was asked what changes he would like to see in the Portland Building. His suggestion included, “Clean out the lobby, make it a great deal smarter than it is now.  It’s a pigpen in there now.”


In Celebration of Pigpens embraces all things “pigpen” from pop culture. It includes odes to the scruffy and adorable Peanuts character, the musician known as “Pigpen” from the musical band, The Grateful Dead, and more! Sit on a comfy (and appropriate) straw bale as you contemplate the vast examples of pigpens. 


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series.  Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.

In Celebration of Pigpens is up now through April 24 in the Portland Building’s lobby.


Check out RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.