Ghosts from Portland’s Industrial Past January 10 2013

Oregon has its fair share of haunted places, although none are quite as intentional as one of the newest city funded public artwork on SE Grand. The project titled Inversion: Plus Minus features “ghost structures” at sites where industrial buildings once stood like The Phoenix Cast Iron Foundry on Hawthorne. These public artworks are managed by Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and selected by a panel of local artists and community members as a part of the city’s 2% for Art program. 

The skeletal steel sculptures are re-imaginings of buildings past by Seattle-based artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio. Graduates of the University of Oregon School of Architecture & Allied Arts, Han and Mihalyo use weathered steel angle iron to create the mysterious structures. The artists received the 2007-08 Rome Prize for Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. Both sculptures are slated for completion by the end of the year.