The PDX Project

A celebration of Portland’s favorite carpet! Check out this grand farewell exhibit open through July 26th, 2015.

Pdx carpet selfie

Check out my #pdxcarpet selfie!  You are probably thinking, “Hey Kristi, are you on vacation?  Where are you going?”   But it’s all a big trick!  That photo wasn’t taken at the airport.   I took this over the weekend on East Burnside at the One Grand Gallery, where they currently have an exhibit dedicated to our airport’s famous carpet.  

Pdx carpet gallery

Pdx carpet chair

I have mixed feelings about the carpet.  I grew up with that carpet, so one one hand, it is a symbol of home.  Every time I’ve gone on a vacation or away to college, that carpet is there welcoming you back. And like so many things in life, you don’t realize how much you liked it until it goes away.  But on the other hand, it’s time to more on!  I’m all for celebrating its history and giving it a big farewell (like this art exhibit), but I’m glad it’s changing.  One of my biggest complaints about Portland is our bizarre resistance to change in recent years.  We are living in the land of pioneers, let’s do a better job of embodying that spirit.  On to the next frontier (of carpet?).  Ok, off my soapbox.  

Pdx carpet goodbye note

Pdx carpet piano

But really “The PDX Project” exhibit is a lot of fun.  If you are in the neighborhood stop in and give it a look.  You can play the carpet piano, write it a farewell note, take one last selfie and see some investive ideas, featuring that famous design.  This one is my favorite because you have to look closely to find the carpet:  

Pdx project ren painting

The exhibit is only open until Sunday so go soon!


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