Portland (Oh! Noises and Visions!)

Somewhere between July and August, I took a little work/play trip to Portland – my first time to that city. So beautiful! So industrial! Bikes were ridden, hills were bombed, Beer and Coffee were consumed in equal amounts – all this fueling an amazing idea that will hopefully be realized in the coming months.

In the meantime, some higlights from the trip:

Portland Building
Giant Statues! It’s Michael Graves’ Portland Building! Even more perfect in person than in textbooks. I only wish it would have been built as originally envisioned – with a sculpted, curving bronze garland. I think I’m becoming a post-modernist…

Above is the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland’s Pearl District. Designed by architect Randy Higgins, the abstract paint scheme is actually a sort of chroma-geometric translation (think Coldplay’s X+Y album cover) of Rimbaud’s “Depart:”

Assez vu. La vision s’est rencontrer a tous les airs.
Assez eu. Rumerus des villes, le soir, et au soleil, et toujours.
Asez connu. Les arrets de la vie. – O Rumeurs et Visions!
Depart dans l’affection et le bruit neufs!

[Seen enough. The vision met itself in every kind of air.
Had enough. Noises of cities in the evening, in the sunlight, and forever.
Known enough. The haltings of life. Oh! Noises and Visions!
Departure into new affection and sound.
(translation by Wallace Fowlie)]

More photos over at the Flickr page.