Downtown Public Art Kids Will Love

Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Michael Stutz
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Unexpected, eclectic, aesthetically pleasing and typically larger-than-life, public art sculptures, murals and fountains give kids of all ages the chance to admire, climb (where permitted), and photograph outdoor art that is built to stand the test of time. Read on to discover six cool pieces are perfect for a downtown family scavenger hunt or for discovering and enjoying one at a time.

Portlandia

Location: Portland Building,1120 SW 5th Ave.

Created by Raymond Kaskey and inspired by the official Portland City Seal, this majestic statue of Lady Commerce sits on the Portland Building and amazes the pedestrians who gaze at her from below. Give your children a history lesson while walking through downtown Portland and inspire some pride in their city! Fun fact: at 1/3 the size of the Statue of Liberty, "Portlandia" is the 2nd largest copper statue in the United States.

Photo: Portlandia by Russell Bernice via Flickr

  • Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Michael Stutz
  • photo: Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Pete Beeman
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Una Kim
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Good to know: To find more public art, use the search tool provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). You can also check out TriMet’s Green Line Public Art Tour for a fun trip on the MAX that will expose your cultured kiddies to more than 50 sculptures.

What is your family’s favorite sculpture in town? Let us know in the comments below!

—Marianne Walters