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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Congress Square Public Art Update at Wednesday, May 17 Public Meeting

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The Portland Public Art Committee will be providing updates from Sze Studio for the Congress Square Public Art Commission at the Art Committee’s next monthly meeting.  

Sze’s scope includes developing a concept for permanent public art to be sited in Congress Square in collaboration with WRT, the landscape design firm who will create a concept for Congress Square as a whole.  


Three art schemes will be presented and discussed at the monthly Portland Public Art Committee meeting:

Wednesday, May 17th

4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM

Portland Public Library, Room 5

The meeting is open to the public and public comment will be taken.


Meeting materials and an online comment form will be posted after the meeting. Visit the Public Art Committee webpage for updates and links to information about the project and artist via the link below. 


Artist Sarah Sze, originally from Boston and who has family ties in Maine, was chosen especially for her use of color, mixed materials and scale, expertise in both two and three-dimensional artwork, and her ability to create work that combines elements of intimacy and discovery. Other recent examples of Sze’s public work include the newly opened 2nd Street subway in New York City, works at the Seattle Opera House, New York public schools, One Metro Center, and MIT, with temporary work on the High Line and New York City public parks.


Interest in the Congress Square Redesign project has been high because of the unique opportunity to combine urban design and public art to transform Congress Square into a welcoming, accessible public open space in the heart of the city with a focus on arts and performance.  


The Congress Square Redesign project is a public/private partnership between the City of Portland, the Portland Public Art Committee, and the Friends of Congress Square Park. The City currently has funds to develop schematic concept and design development for the Congress Square intersection and public artwork. The concepts developed by Sze and WRT will be used to help raise money to implement the project. The project team anticipates the project, if approved for implementation, will require significant fundraising efforts. The City is also pursuing grant opportunities to fund the endeavor.

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