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.
Location: SW 1st Ave. and SW Ankeny St. near the Burnside Bridge
Created by Olin Levi Warner and perched in Portland since 1888, Skidmore Fountain reigns as Portland's oldest piece of artwork in the City of Portland's Public Art Collection. Make sure to visit from March to December on a weekend so you can enjoy the Portland Saturday Market at the same time. Fun fact that you may or may not choose to share with the kids: at the dedication for the fountain, Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer into it.
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!