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Posted on: July 26, 2018

New Temporary Public Art Coming to the Waterfront

TREAD temporary art

The Portland Public Art Committee announces a new temporary art installation by artist Andy Rosen called TREAD coming to the Eastern waterfront this summer.  TREAD is a temporary artwork comprised of two deer on stilts among the abandoned dock pilings of the old piers next to Ocean Gateway.  

The artist statement describes the artwork: “TREAD depicts a scene of deer grazing along the shore and the moment just before they catch a whiff of danger in the air.  The deer, outfitted with stilts, are both equipped for the tidal terrain and at the same time burdened by their own invention.”

TREAD will be installed near Ocean Gateway mid-August and be in place until November, 2018.

Rosen installed a similar temporary artwork in 2015 called UNPACK – a pack of wild dogs perched among the piles.  The whimsical and dynamic nature of Rosen’s work, along with the location, brings people to the waterfront and engages residents and cruise ship-goers alike.  The City is happy to see public artwork that activates the waterfront.

The City of Portland established a Temporary Art permit process in 2013 to facilitate temporary art installations on public property around the city.  Artists and students are welcome to apply for temporary art installations up to a year (with the possibility of a one-year extension).  For more information, including guidelines and application, visit

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