Portland’s public art shines at national AFTA’s Public Art Preconference

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Three works of public art in Portland are among the county’s best in 2010, according to
Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the leading national professional arts service organization. The following projects were among 47 outstanding public artworks from across the country cited at AFTA’s Public Art Preconference held in San Diego on June 16, 2011:

The Portland Acupuncture Project by Adam Kuby, partially funded by RACC’s inSitu program and the Oregon Arts Commission through a career opportunity grant. This sixmonth long project explored the interface between art, regional planning, traditional Chinese medicine and the health of a city. A 35’ tall acupuncture needle moved around the city to ten different locations around the Portland area from April to October 2010. More online at www.acuportland.org.

Harrell Fletcher’s mural, The Knowledge, at Portland State University, was partially funded by RACC’s public art mural program. The 20’H x 127’W mural has improved the aesthetics of the surrounding area that is dotted with apartments, small businesses, cafes and restaurants by adding vibrant color and graphics while promoting learning in a
university setting. More online at http://bit.ly/jgJZgo.

Intellectual Ecosystem, a permanent video project at PSU’s Urban Center, was produced and directed by Fernanda D’Agostino and funded by the Oregon 1% for Public Art Program. This public artwork involves a projection onto the glass façade of the PSU Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) at SW 5th and Harrison, and may be viewed from dusk to 11:00 pm nightly. The video work uses imagery of PSU student performances, faculty work, and archival holdings that were researched and filmed over a one year period. Nearly forty faculty members and student groups were engaged by the artists. For video, visit http://vimeo.com/25629679.

More than 400 nominations were submitted to AFTA for consideration. The winning artists and commissioning organizations will receive letters of recognition.

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