A Sweep of Swifts DEC 2015 - CODAworx

A Sweep of Swifts DEC 2015

Client: Portland Community College

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: -000

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team


Michele Gutlove

Art Consultant

Jeffrey M Hoover


A Sweep of Swifts – Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon. Dimensions 28 feet by 12 feet by 10 feet.


1980s while students and staff protected them by bundling up and waiting to turn on the furnace until after the swifts migrated south. In 2000, The Audubon Society helped raise funds for a new heating system, and the old chimney was preserved for the swifts. Thousands of swifts roost in the Chapman chimney, with as many as 35,000 swifts counted in one evening!


We worked collaboratively with faculty, staff, and architects to achieve an appropriate installation that enhanced the space and celebrated the changes in lighting.

Additional Information

In a time when humans so often exploit and threaten other animals, I find this story a wonderful example of nurturing respect for the birds, and see in it a symbol of the Portland community.