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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

Discover Portland’s public art

June 18, 2014

While the weather isn’t complying, summer IS almost here! And during the warmer months, Portland sees an increase of people out and about, enjoying our lovely city.

One of the great aspects of Portland that both locals and visitors enjoy is our abundance of public art.  The Rose City boasts nearly 1,000 outdoor public art pieces. From our oldest piece of public art, the Skidmore Fountain, to one of our newest, the Nepenthes sculptures, there is something for everyone.  

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) partnered up with Travel Portland to update the free publication, A Guide to Portland Public Art.  The guide includes a map of the five districts in the Central City, great photos, and lists over 100 pieces of local art and where to find them.

RACC asked some locals to share their five favorite pieces of public art. See their answers on RACC’s website, then grab A Guide to Portland Public Art and your walking shoes, and discover your five favorites!  

Pick up a copy of A Guide to Portland Public Art at RACC’s office, the Travel Portland Visitor Center in Pioneer Courthouse Square, or download it from RACC's website. Prefer something more high tech? Get the free PDX Art app on your smart phone.

Photo courtesy of RACC.