Hello Portland and thanks for a great first-art-experience for me as a new resident of Stumptown. Scrap - The School and Community Reuse Action Project - is an organization (located right across the street from my new home) whose mission is to promote creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. It's one of those things that Portland seems to thrive on and it was a trip to take in Scrap's Iron Artist 2006. The party, uh event, centered around a timed three-hour “sculpt-off” where 10 teams of “scrap artistsas” create sculptures from reused materials provided by SCRAP and other local reuse organizations such as The ReBuilding Center, Free Geek and the ReStore.
Here is the winner (left) and my favorite:
All in all it was a pretty cool scene and something that could have never taken place in ATL. Folks, Bohemia is alive and well in PDX. Next up for me is the the Oregon Biennial - a huge deal in this state - where I'm looking forward to seeing the best Oregon has to offer. It will be interesting to see the work with no knowledge of the artists. Of course I'll have to throw in my two cents as to who I think is the best!
Until then, a few more Iron Artist pix: