It’s out! What’s in it?

The initial release of Public Art PDX is now available for download from the App Store.

What kind of art does it include?

If you are a long-time resident Portland, or if you’ve ever visited the area, you probably have some ideas about what art is featured in the the app.

Portlandia? Check.

Skidmore Fountain? Check.

The statue of Sacajawea and Jean-Baptiste in Washington Park? Check.

But there are 412 more, and the list is growing.

When I started working with the data provided by RACC, I was delighted at the variety of works listed, from pool-side tiles at a community center:

Streamwatch by Fernanda  D'Agostino, Valerie  Otani

Streamwatch by Fernanda D'Agostino, Valerie Otani

To murals that cover entire buildings:

Women Making History in Portland by Robin Corbo

Women Making History in Portland by Robin Corbo

I’ve lived within walking distance of downtown Portland for almost nine years, and I’ve encountered hundreds of works of art I’d never seen before, such as this sculpture near the St. John’s Bridge:

"Water, Please" by Don Merkt

"Water, Please" by Don Merkt

And this painting at the Brentwood Darlington Community Center:

A Moment of the River by Laura Bender

A Moment of the River by Laura Bender

On this blog, I will highlight some of the art already in the app, announce when upgrades are released and new pieces added, and explain some of the features of the app in more detail.

I hope the app is a tool for discovery and inspiration, and that it fosters deeper appreciation of and connection to the art and artists that make this city so great.

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