Public Art on MAX Yellow Line

Artwork at every stop along the MAX Yellow Line draws from the history and culture of the area to create a unique identity for each station.

With more than 40 local artists contributing artwork and 75 community members participating in forums and committees, the art along MAX Yellow Line is a proud reflection of an historically rich and vital part of Portland.

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Interstate/Rose Quarter Station

Brian Borrello, Silicon Forest, 2004

Brian Borrello presents a three-part metaphor for displacement and change.

  • Illuminated metal trees generate their own electricity from solar panels.
  • A virtual campfire flickers with light at night, surrounded by stainless steel stump seats.
  • Light filtering through colored glass on shelter roofs simulates the dappled light of a forest.
  • Concrete tree rings in the platform symbolize the forest once abundant on the site.
  • Custom guardrails feature branching tree limbs and roots.

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Albina/Mississippi Station

Wayne Chabre, Second Growth, 2004

Wayne Chabre created symbols of the indomitable spirit of the community.

  • A bronze, tree-like vine flowers with forms representing the arts of the area.
  • Bronze benches incorporate images from neighborhood industries.
  • The community map by Chabre and Jeanne McMenemy features lyrics of songs from cultures of historic importance to Albina.
  • Works by Jacob Pander and Bill Rutherford are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.

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Overlook Park Station

Fernanda D’Agostino, Icons of Transformation, 2004

Fernanda D’Agostino was inspired by research on the healing power of light and nature.

  • Light towers modeled after roadside shrines in Poland feature portraits of community members overlaid with images of nature.
  • Art glass in the windscreen suggests the transforming power of nature.
  • Community map artist Margaret Eccles created a symbol for the relationship between good health and community.

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N Prescott St Station

Brian Borrello and Valerie Otani, Prowform, 2004

Brian Borrello and Valerie Otani recognize the shipbuilding industry while providing an alternative approach to rainwater filtration.

  • A stainless steel “ship’s prow” gathers rainwater and funnels it to a greenspace.
  • Blue glass bricks in the platform hint at imaginary waterways beneath the station.
  • An etched granite map features Portland’s “disappearing streams.”
  • Works by Wid Chambers and Heidi Kirkpatrick are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.

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Prescott Biozone, Propform, 2004

  • A rusted steel propeller sculpture flowers amidst a swirling pattern of grasses.
  • Three basalt basins collect water for birds.

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N Killingsworth St Station

Adriene Cruz, Cultural Polyrhythms, 2004

Adriene Cruz and Valerie Otani celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism of the Killingsworth community.

  • Glass mosaic on columns recalls the colorful patterns of African Kente cloth.
  • Metal flags hang from the station canopy like the torans of India.
  • Guardrail panels were inspired by South American textiles.
  • Cast-concrete benches evoke the carved wooden stools of Africa.
  • Works by Baba Wague Diakite, Nina Prince, Angelina Wooley and Isaka Shamsud-din are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.
  • Community maps feature Adinkra symbols and proverbs relating to education and community.

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Rosa Parks Station (formerly N Portland Blvd)

Lillian Pitt, Ken MacKintosh, Rick Bartow, Gail Tremblay, 2004

Native American artists Lillian Pitt, Ken MacKintosh, Rick Bartow and Gail Tremblay use traditional motifs to symbolize the life-sustaining relationships of nature.

  • Steel column wraps were inspired by Columbia River Gorge petroglyphs.
  • Platform pavers outline a traditional Klikitat basketweave pattern.
  • Guardrail panels feature symbols of salmon and Thunderbird.
  • Bronze sculptures are mounted at the ends of shelter canopies.
  • The community map by Dawn Waldal visually interprets poetry by Elizabeth Woody.
  • Works by Joe Cantrell, Carol Yarrow, Michael Brophy and James Lavadour are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.

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Ainsworth Greenspace, River Spirits, 2004

  • Three tree totems with bronze heads representing revered spirits surround a small plaza.
  • Poetry written by students at Ockley Green Middle School is engraved on the totems.
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    N Lombard Transit Center

    Linda Haworth, 2004

    Linda Haworth addresses the theme of labor in the community.

    • Mosaic guardrail panels feature tools in dynamic settings.
    • Glass mosaic on columns and trash containers bring color to the area.
    • Community map artist Victor Maldonado used symbols of farm labor as metaphors for social progress.
    • Works by Cynthia Lahti, Heather Whitlow, Lauren Mantecon and Hector Sanchez are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.

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    Lombard bus stops

    • Shelter columns and trash containers are wrapped in colorful glass tile.
    • Westbound stop features windscreen glass designed by Makelike and a seating wall with ceramic tiles by Maldonado.

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    Kenton/N Denver Ave Station

    Tina Hoggatt, 2004

    Tina Hoggatt recalls Kenton’s rich history with an emphasis on the cattle industry.

    • Stainless steel cutouts feature cowboys and cattle.
    • Steel column bands are etched with a historic architectural motif.
    • Terrazzo seats on custom benches highlight scenes from Kenton’s past.
    • Community map artist Mary Taponga set artifacts of daily life in Kenton in epoxy tiles.
    • Works by Cecilia Hallinan, Darren Orange, Cynthia Star and Henk Pander are reproduced.

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    Brian Borrello, 2004

    Brian Borrello’s seating sculpture was inspired by Babe the Blue Ox.

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    Fenwick Pocket Park

    • Terracotta fragments came from the Portland Union Stockyards building.
    • A mosaic medallion from the building’s entryway was restored and embellished with a border.

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    Vanport Bridge

    Spencer T. Houser and Chris Rizzo, 2004

    Spencer T. Houser and Chris Rizzo present two approaches to the nearly 4,000-foot light rail bridge.

    • Ninety flaming comets inspired by the car culture of the ‘50s blaze northward from Kenton.
    • Blue metal panels on the north end of the bridge allude to the Columbia River.

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    Delta Park/Vanport

    Linda Wysong, 2004

    Linda Wysong addresses the area’s layered history with an emphasis on the city of Vanport, a large wartime housing project swept away by the flood of 1948.

    • CorTen steel sculptures recall rooftops adrift in the 1948 floodwaters.
    • Remnants from a Vanport foundation are set into the sidewalk.
    • A bronze railing features cast artifacts from the Chinookan culture, Vanport and the Portland International Raceway.
    • A cast-bronze scupper channels stormwater into the bioswale below.
    • Community maps overlay the current Delta Park site onto the city grid of Vanport, and show the location of the station within the local river systems.
    • Works by Douglas Lynch and Timothy Scott Dalbow are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.

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    Water Quality Pond, Waterline, 2004

    • Massive steel arcs allude to the engineered landscape and Liberty ships made by Vanport residents.
    • A glowing monolith of stone, steel and acrylic symbolizes the unity of human and natural worlds.

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    Expo Center Station

    Valerie Otani, Voices of Remembrance, 2004

    Valerie Otani addresses the theme of Japanese relocation during World War II at the site of the 1942 Portland Assembly Center.

    • Traditional Japanese timber gates strung with metal “internee ID tags” mark station entrances. Vintage news articles are etched in steel and wrapped around the gate legs.
    • Bronze trunks provide seating on the platforms.
    • Community maps feature the floor plan of the converted livestock exhibition hall and a copy of the exclusion order.
    • Works by Paul Fujita and Erik Stotik are reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel.
    • Fused glass images of bamboo glow in the windows of the systems building.

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    Curated collection

    Curator Eva Lake selected work by 24 artists to be reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel and mounted onto electrical cabinets at most Yellow Line stations.

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