Here’s part II in my series of Portland statue sketches. These sketches are of Chinatown’s entrance gate, Sacagawea in Washington Park, and Paul Bunyan in the Kenton neighborhood.
My first statue post can be found here: Portland Statues Part I
I had a chance to sketch a few of my favorite statues today. Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst, Harvey W. Scott statue at the top of Mt. Tabor and The Elk statue in downtown by Lownsdale Square. Joan of Arc holds a special place in my heart since I grew up nearby and have seen it almost every day of my life. I remember when she still had a beautiful petina (before the garish gold restoration). Does anyone remember the pumpkin that adorned her each Halloween?!
I probably should have done a post about Portlandia sooner but, like many people, I forget that she exists. Nestled above Southwest 5th Avenue, the statue is the second largest of its kind in the U.S. (after the Statue of Liberty). Portlandia is located about five stories above a tree-lined, transit-only street and is therefore easy to miss. I realize that Raymond Kaskey designed the statue based on this location, but I always wished it was at the waterfront. Still, it’s beautiful and worth checking out- just look up!