Eastside Rose

This copper and stainless steel sculpture set on a precast concrete base paid homage to the 'City of Roses' as a public art proposal for a vehicle barrier at a street intersection in downtown N.E. Portland, OR.

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Napkin sketches for precast concrete profile and metal landmark for safety and visibility.

During the design phase of a street improvements project, City engineers decided a traffic barrier was needed at the Holladay Street and N.E. 7th Avenue intersection to promote traffic and pedestrian safety. As an antidote to their proposal for a Jersey barrier, my alternative demonstrated how a public art piece could conform to all engineering constraints while resulting a public asset more in keeping with the value, quality and character of improvements already invested in the street.

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Concept drawing of precast concrete profile and metal landmark for safety and visibility.
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Pre-contract document with dimensions for setting structural requirements.

The sculpture was never built. But being a feasible idea, it provided engineers with adequate structural requirements for the barrier's core mass and reinforcing.

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Role: Architect

Setting: ZGF Architects

Location: Portland, Oregon

Year: 1989