Skyline Reflections: Portland

Skyline Reflections – Portland

Skyline Reflections - Portland. Installed on the upper floor of a condo next the Willamette River in downtown Portland, OR.

Skyline Reflections – Portland. Installed on the upper floor of a condo next the Willamette River in downtown Portland, OR.

Skyline detail; awesome reflections on the window sill.

Skyline detail; awesome reflections on the window sill.

Initially inspired by my City Dance piece, the Portland skyline evolved into a reflection of the stormy evening sky (the glass color is actually called ‘Thunderhead’) and city lights in the Willamette River. The deep, dramatic colors balance the bevels in the buildings. We also talked about incorporating some fun silhouettes into the design: a cat in the window, maybe some flowers on a balcony, and birds flying through the clouds. But we scaled this back to only the birds flying through the clouds. My surprise addition? A fish swimming through the building’s reflections in the river.

{True story: during the installation, she and the installation contractor decided some of the birds looked more like Pterodactyls, LOL!}

Skyline Reflections - crated and bound for Portland, Oregon.

Skyline Reflections – crated and bound for Portland, Oregon.

As you can see, even the crating process is a feat of engineering. The large crate weighed just about 75 lbs, even though the panel only weighs about 20-25 lbs. The panels shipped out on a Wednesday (and I was a nervous wreck about the panels arriving unbroken, even with the extraordinary crating) with FedEx estimating they would arrive in Portland the next Wednesday, but they actually arrived on Tuesday – when does that ever happen?

Meanwhile, I was traveling to Portland for the annual SGAA conference, and totally excited get to meet my client, plus take some of my own photos of the installation.

JOY! The panels arrived safe and sound. When the client called to tell me they were installed (she did tease me a bit about the crate) and picked me up the next afternoon to take some photos.

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