She kneels down
and from the quietness
We take that stillness
deep in the earth
becomes her city.
If she could speak
this is what
she would say:
Follow that breath.
Home is the journey we make.
This is how the worldknows where we are.
That's a bit better. After all, Raymond Kaskey's work is our biggest copper statue, and the country's second largest copper repoussé statue next to the Statue of Liberty. The "Copper Goddess" is all of 34 feet and 10 inches tall while kneeling. This would make her approximately 50 feet high if she was to stand...which would be creepy.
|Portlandia arriving in town by barge in 1985.|
Photo courtesy of Joel Davis
|The "Copper Goddess" makes her approach towards her final destination.|
|Hello, Ms. Lady.|
|Watching over the folks of the Rose City. She seems pretty nosey. She also looks like she is playing craps.|
|I still think she is in an odd location, relatively hidden from the world.|
Did you ever notice that there are not really any PortlandiaKaskey is very tight and closely guards his intellectual property rights to the statue, which he says he will always keep. Unlike another statue, the Statue of Liberty for instance, Portlandia cannot not be reproduced for any purpose without consent from the artist. In other words, the rights to the image of Portlandia remain Kaskey's sole property. The statue is maintained by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and has been kept up a lot over the years. So until he feels like it's necessary or right with his vision, she will remain on her stoop, peering at us with an outstretched hand. That's just fine with me, Ms. Lady.
|Pull my finger? No, she's a classy lady.|
Thanks! Until next time.