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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

Portland artworks gain national recognition

Americans for the Arts recently honored 31 of the nation’s most outstanding public art projects – and three are from Portland!

Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing arts and arts education.


All three award-winning projects were funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC and Portland’s diverse arts community.


This All Happened More or Less by Crystal Schenk and Shelby Davis is located on SE Division St. The artwork is part of the Division Streetscape Project, a partnership between the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Bureau of Transportation. Schenk and Davis created delightful small bronze figures on large, dolomite boulders.


Westmoreland Nature Play by Adam Kuby and Greenworks Landscape Architects is Portland’s first Nature Play Area, in Westmoreland Park. Part of the Westmoreland and Crystal Springs reconstruction project, the unique playground encourages children to use their creativity and imaginations while interacting with nature.


The Rippling Wall by David Franklin at located on the wall of Portland Fire Station 21. The large sculpture represents the opposite of fire: water. When the sun rises and sets, sunlight dances across artwork, and makes it appear as though it really is rippling water.   


Congratulations to the award-winning artists!

Check out RACC’s website for more information. 


Three Portland projects named among the nation’s best public art

In the Oregonian

Local Public Art Projects Receive National Awards

GoLocalPDX Arts Team

Photos courtesy of RACC.