Client: Port of Portland
Location: Portland, OR, United States
Completion date: 2020
Artwork budget: $600,000
Jacob Hashimoto’s permanent sculptural installations at PDX, titled “The City” and “The Sky”, are a nod to the neighborhoods and natural beauty that surrounds Portland—with kites tracing the paths of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, while others feature roses and pearls, the city’s flags and seals, and even the PDX carpet pattern. Hashimoto invites travelers to draw their minds away from the city and into the broad, vast expanse of the West.
Photography: Mario Gallucci
Our goal was to remind travelers of the terrific potential of nature and the adventure that’s just a flight away. Working closely with the client, we developed both a graphic language and a formal approach that fit the space, while creating calm and intrigue for passengers and staff.
“PDX is an iconic space in my mind. It was the big city to me when I was a kid, and the opportunity to come make artwork in collaboration with PDX was really inspiring,” said Hashimoto. “I am interested in how I can design artwork that is a pleasure to discover as you travel through it visually.”