Already I have learned a couple things about Portland I didn't know. Such as some info on Portlandia. Portlandia is the statue gracing the front of the Portland Building (the one that looks like a very ornate Christmas package). Anyway, what the book has to say:
Portlandia is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the world (the Statue of Liberty is the largest). In 1985, the citizenry came to cheer as the sculpture was barged down the Willamette River, hauled through downtown, and then lifted three stories to a ledge on the Portland Building (5th Avenue and Madison Street, Downtown). Why Portlandia? Why a scuplture of a woman? The art is based on Lady Commerce, a figure on the city's seal. Critics have called the work of scupltor Raymond Kaskey everything from brilliant to hideous. Go have a look at the kneeling giantess and draw your own conclusion.
Wow! The second largest? It's only 30 or 40 feet tall, or so it seems. I like the sculpture. It's has a very classical look, which goes well with the architecture of many of the old buildings in the area. But, what I find is odd that our city seal is Lady Commerce, and we have so many hippy, bohemians, and anarchists calling our fair city home. Perhaps we should have a chick dressed in hemp overalls and birkenstocks, smoking a joint, wearing a mohawk, and flipping the bird on our city seal? It would a much better match for the population of Portland.
The one thing I can't find in this book, The 24 Hour Church of Elvis. Does it still exist? Does anyone know where? If we could have found it skrape and I would have eloped. Don't worry sammay, it's not legal. Originally, you would put 50 cents into this parking meter they have, and then wear a sandwichboard with "Just Married" on it, and can's hanging off the back, and then walk up and down the street wearing that. You were "married" until time ran out on the meter. Great for telling stories about how you were "married". ;)
So, who want's to go get "married"? :-)