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The Reader

Client: Portland Community College

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team


Julian Voss-Andreae


Chabre Vickers

Portland Community College


The Reader, 2017
Stainless steel
96” x 66” x 74” (244 x 167 x 186 cm)
Location: Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon)


The Reader for Portland Community College’s new Southeast Campus and Library is a monumental female figure sitting cross legged on the lawn, reading a large book. The sculpture comprises of evenly spaced polished stainless-steel slabs with gaps in between.
The figure appears to consist of solid steel when approached from the side but virtually disappears when viewed face-on, making the sculpture highly engaging to diverse audiences.