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Portland’s Beautiful Marquam Mosaic

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Nov 16, 2014

Portland’s Beautiful Marquam Mosaic

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(I am more than a year behind on posting this, but what can I say? I was in Portland breakfast world.)

Southwest Portland’s Marquam Nature Park, which is an excellent place for a hike any time of year, has a great art installation at the trailhead.

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

The Marquam Mosaic, installed last fall, is a terrific public art project.

As it’s explained at the website for the Friends of Marquam Nature Park:

The Marquam Mosaic was created as a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that involved children, families and adults in making a 100′ long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater. The public was invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park.

It’s an utterly charming thing, well-made and professional but retaining little-kid charm. And there’s really nothing much to add, except that the hike to Council Crest, which starts there, is good any time of year.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of the mosaic to enjoy:

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

Details include trees, birds and flowers.

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

Cute little baby woodpecker!

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

It is inspiring!

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

Tremendous detail work.

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

This just warms my heart.

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

This one actually looks like the leaves fell off the mosaic trees.

The Marquam Mosaic in Marquam Nature Park, where a nice year-round trail to Council Crest begins.

Panorama of the Marquam Mosaic

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Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.

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