A thing can travel everywhere, just by holding still

Submitted by Ben Butler


Client: Portland International Airport

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $125,000

Project Team


Ben Butler


Port of Porland


Commissioned for Portland International Airport, this carved wall sculpture is constructed entirely from Douglas fir timbers reclaimed from Portland Buildings. The project is a nod to the vital importance of timber generally and Douglas fir specifically in the development of cities like Portland. But it also references the incredible (and varied) efforts in the region to develop wood products and practices that are truly sustainable for our future.