Donations sought to fix city sculpture
The Regional Arts & Culture Council is seeking donations to offset the cost of repairing Talos No. 2, the iconic bronze Portland Transit Mall sculpture damaged by a vandal in July.
The 7-foot-tall, 500-pound sculpture broke into several pieces when it was toppled from its pedestal. When RACC officials first saw the pieces in the Portland Police Bureau Evidence Room, they feared it could not be repaired.
But after police released the pieces to them, it became apparent most of the breaks were along a weld line that could be fixed.
Were very hopeful the statue can be repaired and returned to the Transit Mall in a few months, says RACC Public Art Collections Manager Keith Lachowicz.
The Cascadia Art Conservation Center in Portland has estimated the cost of repairing the statue at $3,750. The city has an insurance policy with a $2,500 deductible that will cover some of the work. RACC now is seeking donations to reduce its share of the deductible.
RACC describes Talos No. 2 as an abstracted human figure on three legs with multiple short appendages on the torso and shoulders. Lachowicz says it is an excellent example of 1970s abstract sculpture.
The statue was created by Portland sculptor James Lee Hansen in 1977 and purchased for the mall as part of TriMets Percent for Art program for $10,000. It was valued at $70,000 when the mall was rebuilt in 2007. When the mall work was done, the statue was relocated near Southwest Sixth Avenue and Stark Street.
According to RACCs conceptual statement about Talos No. 2, the name draws from an ancient Greek myth about Talos, a giant warrior created from bronze to guard the island of Crete.
He had one vein running from his neck to his ankle which flowed with lead, a sacred fluid believed to be the blood of the gods. This sculpture transforms the mythic figure into an abstracted form.
Trevor Lee Van, 27, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief for damaging the 7-foot statue. He allegedly climbed to the top of the statue and shook it until it broke off its pedestal.