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Art Goes Wild in the Streets of Portland
While walking down the street in downtown Portland on our recent road trip, Larry and I were delighted to find full size wild animals on the sidewalks beside us. We loved feeling the presence of the ecosystem right in the city.
Later we learned we had encountered a series of ten trough-style fountains that contained twenty-five life size bronze sculptures of Pacific Northwest animals, designed by American artist Georgia Gerber. They were installed in 1986 as part of the dwontown renovations that included constructions of a light rail system.
The artist describe the series Animals in Pools as "art for the people," designed in a way that encourages interactivity and "[brings] a bit of Pacific Northwestern wildlife to downtown in a fun and unexpected way".