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.

Pod

Location: W Burnside and NW 10th Ave.

If you've visited Powell's Books through the Burnside entrance, it's likely that your children have already spotted this interactive sculpture by Pete Beeman. Its nameplate encourages passers-by to go ahead and push the pendulum to make it swing. Help them to make it move, snap their picture under it, and head across the street to shop at Powell's (and then Kenny & Zuke's for lunch).

photo: Regional Arts & Culture Council © Pete Beeman

  • Photo courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Michael Stutz
  • photo: Regional Arts & Culture Council
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Pete Beeman
  • Regional Arts & Culture Council. © Una Kim
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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!

—Marianne Walters