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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Portland Building welcomes Leda and the Swan

January 10, 2014

Artist Paul Clay will present his interpretation of the Greek myth “Leda and the Swan” through an interactive video installation in the lobby of the Portland Building.

Beginning January 13, visitors to the exhibit become part of the piece through body motion sensors. The sensors link to the real-time digital projection which links your movement with the image of a swan.  Feathered wings spread as you move your arms, feet, neck, and more. Move around quickly, and you may even cause the feathers to fall and reveal the figure of Leda.  Slow your movements, and Leda will become a swan again!

Clay’s work provides a sense of wonder and playfulness, but also provokes critical thought about pop culture, gender, and issues of race. The installation, situated in the lobby of the Portland Building, runs Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, through February 7.

The installation is part of an ongoing Art Series managed by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).  Through a juried process, RACC selects challenging and diverse works that encourage interest and public dialogue about the role of artwork in public spaces. Learn more about RACC’s public art programs online.