Sitting outside Providence Park in downtown Portland rests a couple of great statues. They're called Facing The Crowd. Providence Park in downtown Portland is home of the 2015 MLS champs Portland Timbers. These sculptures were made by Michael Stutz and installed in 2001 during the parks renovation. One of the pieces is of a smiling boy and the other is of a laughing man. They are made out of silicone bronze (whoops I messed that up on the video, my bad!). They are fun interactive sculptures and created to bring a playfulness and joy to the downtown area. Also makes a great photo op if you’re visiting Ptown or going to a game!
The Paul Bunyan statue is located in Kenton neighborhood in North Portland and was built by neighborhood welders, iron workers and union plasters with the help of the Boy Scouts. It was built in 1959 for the Centennial of Oregon statehood, was only meant to be up for six months but is still there today. It's 31 feet of concrete and steel and is the only roadside attraction on the National Register of Historic Places in Oregon. Paint Paul PDX is a neighborhood association that is in the process of restoring Paul back to his original glory. Make your way up to Kenton and check Paul out.
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I love history and I love to learn. One of the coolest things about Portland is the tiny horse rings. You will find these rings in the older parts of town. These rings were originally meant to tie up your horse and buggy but since there are no more horses, folks have found new and more interesting things to do with them. I’ve seen such things as little plastic horses tied to them, dinosaurs and even Star Wars action figures tied to the rings. So next time you’re out and about walking the streets of Portland be sure to slow down, look around and you'll see those hidden Portland gems in the old parts of Portland.