Foundations

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Rose Festival, Portland Oregon June 1990

Foundations was a sculpture composed of the interlocking forms used to form concrete and construct our urban grid. Since the forms are stripped away after the concrete hardens, their role in our city's architecture is only briefly visible. Similarly, the vital contributions of the building trades are often concealed from the public view.

Carpenters, ironworkers, plumbers, roofers, masons and bricklayers gathered at 10:00 am on May 29, 1990 to sign the wall and complete the 14' tall and 10' long sculpture in the heart of the city. The signature wall pays tribute to the people who build our cities and reveals this ascept of Portland's history.

Commissioned by Pioneer Courthouse Square for the annual Festival of Flowers, the sculpture was designed to focus on the materials and people that are truly our foundation.