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Orange Lining ‘Lines’ will be Read Aloud from West to East: PSU to Milwaukie

April 15, 7pm – 9pm

In Other Words Books, 14 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97211

MergedThe “Figures of Speech” monthly reading series, held at In Other Words Books on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, is featuring the Orange Lining Project, a two-part public art project developed by Buster Simpson and Peg Butler for TriMet’s new 7.3 mile Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) Transit Project.

103 short lines of text, out of 1100 submitted through a public call for writings, were selected for the project through a blind juried process. The lines had to be 50 characters or less and authors were asked to evoke places, people, and travels along the new light rail alignment. The chosen lines have been painted, 17” tall, onto erosion control fencing that has been installed as needed during light rail construction and are being stamped into the fresh concrete sidewalks facing the new rail tracks and
stations.

Volunteers, from the group of 57 authors involved in the project, will read the lines. Background information and images from the project will also be presented.

 

1.30.14 – SE 17th Avenue

A new year, and some new photos…

These photos were all taken on SE 17th except for the last two, which were taken in Milwaukie. Walking the length of 17th from SE Rhine to McLoughlin, I found quite a few new stamps and retook some photos of others. The photos will be in order, north to south with the west side first then I’ll cross the street near McLoughlin and come back on 17th on the east side, south to north. I’ll note which cross-street each stamp is nearest to.

It’s been interesting to observe the quality of the stamps and how they relate to the words of the ‘lines’. The one just below, containing a little extra grit, currently reads like it was written or read fast.

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FACES SKETCHED FAST, by Wendy Moidel

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FACES SKETCHED FAST, by Wendy Moidel south of SE Rhone.

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FACES SKETCHED FAST, by Wendy Moidel

DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FACES SKETCHED FAST, by Wendy Moidel south of SE Rhone.

 

FAMILY TIES LACED IN OUR NEIGHBOR'S SHOES, by Garret Potter at SE Center St.

FAMILY TIES LACED IN OUR NEIGHBOR’S SHOES, by Garret Potter, north of SE Center St.

FAMILY TIES LACED IN OUR NEIGHBOR'S SHOES, by Garret Potter at SE Center St.

FAMILY TIES LACED IN OUR NEIGHBOR’S SHOES, by Garret Potter, north of SE Center St.

EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE, by Amy Schutzer, south of SE Center St.

EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE, by Amy Schutzer, south of SE Center St.

THE OLD TREES SWEEP OUR WAY POUR OVER THE ASPHALT, by Ayelet Amittay, south of SE Center St.

THE OLD TREES SWEEP OUR WAY POUR OVER THE ASPHALT, by Ayelet Amittay, south of SE Center St.

SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEART NOW RIDES, by Lana Hechtman Ayers, north of SE Boise.

SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEART NOW RIDES, by Lana Hechtman Ayers, north of SE Boise.

SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEART NOW RIDES, by Lana Hechtman Ayers, north of SE Boise.

SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEART NOW RIDES, by Lana Hechtman Ayers, north of SE Boise.

LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME, by Jessica Samuelsen, north of SE Mall.

LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME, by Jessica Samuelsen, north of SE Mall.

LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME, by Jessica Samuelsen, north of SE Mall.

LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME, by Jessica Samuelsen, north of SE Mall.

FRESH OUT OF THE TUNNEL LIGHT IS MILK AND HOLY WATER by Amber T. May, south of SE Mall.

FRESH OUT OF THE TUNNEL LIGHT IS MILK AND HOLY WATER by Amber T. May, south of SE Mall.

FRESH OUT OF THE TUNNEL LIGHT IS MILK AND HOLY WATER by Amber T. May, south of SE Mall.

FRESH OUT OF THE TUNNEL LIGHT IS MILK AND HOLY WATER by Amber T. May, south of SE Mall.

MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN, by Casey Neil, just north of McLoughlin.

EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN, by Casey Neil, just north of McLoughlin.

EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN, by Casey Neil, just north of McLoughlin.

EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN, by Casey Neil, just north of McLoughlin.

Now crossing to the east side of SE 17th and walking back across Holgate…

STONES STAND READY TO DULL THE BULLDOZER'S BLADE, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

STONES STAND READY TO DULL THE BULLDOZER’S BLADE, by Mike Aspros, north of SE Holgate.

BARN SWALLOWS FLYING TILT RHYTHM QUICK AND DIVING, by Melanie Green, across from SE Rhone.

BARN SWALLOWS FLYING TILT RHYTHM QUICK AND DIVING, by Melanie Green, across from SE Rhone.

BARN SWALLOWS FLYING TILT RHYTHM QUICK AND DIVING, by Melanie Green, across from SE Rhone.

BARN SWALLOWS FLYING TILT RHYTHM QUICK AND DIVING, by Melanie Green, across from SE Rhone.

ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND, by M, south of SE Lafayette.

ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND, by M, south of SE Lafayette.

ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND, by M, south of SE Lafayette.

ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND, by M, south of SE Lafayette.

SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN'T SEE, by Jules Boykoff, south of SE Rhine.

SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE, by Jules Boykoff, south of SE Rhine.

SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN'T SEE, by Jules Boykoff, south of SE Rhine.

SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE, by Jules Boykoff, south of SE Rhine.

HER FACE AS SHE TURNS FROM THE WINDOW, by Anne Elizabeth Shaw, south of SE Haig.

HER FACE AS SHE TURNS FROM THE WINDOW, by Anne Elizabeth Shaw, south of SE Haig.

The next couple of photos were taken in Milwaukie.

 

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN, by Kunal Mehra, On SE Washington St. just east of SE 21St. in Milwaukie.

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN, by Kunal Mehra, On SE Washington St. just east of SE 21St. in Milwaukie.

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN, by Kunal Mehra, On SE Washington St. just east of SE 21 St. in Milwaukie.

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN, by Kunal Mehra, On SE Washington St. just east of SE 21 St. in Milwaukie.

11.26.13 – Portland stamping installations moving along

Sidewalks have been going in along the new light rail line for the past few months. Here are some new photos of  stamps. Some of them are still in construction zones, so are not quite accessible to the public yet.

I’ll post them in this order: from PSU (SW Lincoln and 5th) traveling east on Lincoln to SW Naito, then across the river to the east side, and heading south from there.

Steel Cables Solder 1

“STEEL CABLES SOLDER THE SKY TO STAINED GLASS”, written by Ayelet Amittay. Located on SW Lincoln, south side of the street, at SW 5th.

Ocher and Blue 1

“OCHER AND BLUE OUR SHADOWS SWIM THROUGH EACH OTHER”, written by Margaret Thomas. Located on SW Lincoln, north side of street, at SW 4th.

Faintest Echoes 1

“FAINTEST ECHOES THEIR WORDS WALKED HERE”, written by David Abel. Located on SW Lincoln, north side of street, near SW 4th.

Every Day We End 1

“EVERY DAY WE END UP POLISHED FROM A ROUGHER STONE”, written by Amy Schutzer. Located on SW Lincoln, north side of street, near SW 4th.

Choreography W 2

“CHOREOGRAPHY OF PLACE LYRICAL ALIGNMENT”, written by Peg Butler. Located on SW Lincoln, north side of street, between SW 4th and SW 1st.

We Arrive Together W1

“WE ARRIVE TOGETHER”, written by Elisabeth Tschalaer. Located between SW 4th and SW 1st on SW Lincoln, south side of the street.

On Trains We Stand 1

“ON TRAINS WE STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER”, written by M. Located Between SW 4th and SW 1st on SW Lincoln, north side of the street.

In Springtime W1

“IN SPRINGTIME EVERYONE SECRETLY LOVES YOU”, written by Scot Siegel. Located on the south side of SW Lincoln at SW 1st.

Even Now the Heart W2

“EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE”, written by Amy Schutzer. Located on the south side of SW Lincoln between SW 1st and SW Naito.

A River Blurred 1

“A RIVER BLURRED IN THE DISTANCE”, written by Anne Elizabeth Shaw. Located on the south side of SW Lincoln near SW Naito.

Behind the Veil 1

“BEHIND THE VEIL OF MORNING CLOUDS MT HOOD”, written by Margaret Chula. Located on SW Naito at SW Lincoln, west side of the street.

Now over to the east side of the River…

To Read the Tracks E12

‘TO READ THE TRACKS TO NEED TO KNOW”, written by David Abel. Located on SE Division St at SE 8th, south side of the street.

To Read the Tracks E 2

‘TO READ THE TRACKS TO NEED TO KNOW”, written by David Abel. Located on SE Division St at SE 8th, south side of the street.

Illuminated We Float E1

‘ILLUMINATED WE FLOAT LIKE FINGERPRINTS ON GLASS”, written by Brigitte Goetze. Located on the south side of SE Division at SE 8th.

I Imagine You 1

“I IMAGINE YOU AND HOW I BRUSHED BY YOU WITH WORDS”, written by Elisabeth Tschalaer. Located on SE McLoughlin at SE Gideon.

Her Face as she Turns 1

“HER FACE AS SHE TURNS FROM THE WINDOW”, written by Anne Elizabeth Shaw.
Located on SE 17th Ave and SE Haig, east side of the street.

She Snapped Photos 1

“SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE”, written by Jules Boykoff. Located on SE 17th Ave at SE Rhine, west side of the street.

So Many Hearts 1

“SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEARTS NOW RIDE”, written by Lana Hechtman Ayers. Located on SE 17th near SE Boise, west side of the street.

Left All I Knew 1

“LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME”, written by Jessica Samuelsen. Located at SE 17th and SE Mall, west side of the street.

My Stone Skin 1

“MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD”, written by Mike Aspros. Located on SE 17th near SE Holgate, west side of the street.

 

08.10.13 – Recent lines stamped in SE Portland on SE Division Place, Clinton and SE 17th

crossfreighttracks1“CROSS THE FREIGHT TRACKS LATTICE OF STEEL AND LIGHT”, written by Ayelet Amittay. Stamp is Located on SE Division Place at SE 8th.

crossfreighttracks2.2Iimagineyou2.2“I IMAGINE YOU AND HOW I BRUSHED BY YOU WITH WORDS”, written by Elisabeth Tschalaer. Located at SE Clinton and SE 12th Ave.

Iimagineyou

wherearewegoing2

“WHERE ARE WE GOING TOGETHER”, written by Sandy Sampson.  Located at SE Clinton and SE 12th Ave.

wherearewegoing1.1sheknewshewould1.1“SHE KNEW SHE WOULD GET THERE IN TIME”, written by Peg Butler. Located at SE Clinton and SE 12th Ave.

freightcarschuffing1“FREIGHT CARS CHUFFING ON THE LADDERED LANES”, written by Ayelet Amittay.  Located on SE Gideon at SE 12th Ave.

shesnappedphotos1“SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE”, written by Jules Boykoff.  Located on SE 17th Ave at SE Rhine. (This stamp has since been restamped to have the apostrophe in the correct location)

blueumbrella1“ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND”, written by M. Located on SE 17th at SE Lafayette.

aliveandstillabletosmileA status update on SE 17th…

8.1.13 – Orange Lining in Milwaukie

Here are a few photos of Orange Lining that has recently been installed. Located just south of downtown Milwaukie, OR on McLoughlin Blvd.

OLdistanceMilwLS

OLdistanceMilwLS2OLdistanceMilwLN

KnitBonesMcL

“KNIT THE CITY BONES RIDE THE VEINS”, written by J. Graham Murtaugh.

riverofstripedsteelMcL

“A RIVER OF STRIPED STEEL, OF ROLLING GLASS”, written by Carol Weliky.

AtopOpulencMcL1

“ATOP AN OPULENCE OF STICKS OSPREY SPY THE RIVER”, written by Kaia Sand.

FenceSimpleWeGoingMcL

There are two ‘lines’ spliced together here; “FENCE IS SIMPLE DIVISION INSISTENT AS SYLABLLES”, written by Amy Schutzer, and “WHERE ARE WE GOING TOGETHER”, written by Sandy Sampson.

SwollenEddiesMcL

“SWOLLEN SWIRLING EDDIES CLAIM UNMOORED THOUGHTS”, written by Becca Biggs.

 

June 2nd-Stamp on SE 17th and more fencing

I took a Sunday drive along SE 17th Avenue this weekend to see if any lines had been stamped in the southeast area of the project.  Not much concrete has been poured yet in this portion of the light rail project, though I did find one spot where there is a new stamped line, on the corner of SE Boise and SE 17th. It’s a beauty too, a great stamping job done by Hailey Nelson, who works as a mason with Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

WhenCoyotes2“WHEN THE COYOTES CRY YOU’LL HEAR THE CHINOOK WIND”, written by Mike Aspros.

WhenCoyotes1

WhenCoyotes3

Along SE McLoughlin Boulevard, I came across two new installations of Orange Lining, located at the the SE 23rd Ave/SE Bybee exit from SE McLoughlin. The placement of these installations is interesting because of their visibility from multiple perspectives and because of their adjacency to Westmoreland’s Union Manor.

UsePinkSky2 “USE PINK SKY TO IRON WATER”, written by Amy Schutzer.

UsePinkSky1OldStones2

“OLD STONES GOOD CITY BONES”, written by Peg Butler.

OldStones1In Downtown Milwaukie, near the Waldorf School on SE Harrison Street, a line written by local singer/songwriter Casey Neil is seen best from behind, which seems appropriate considering the line.

Every-Direction2 “EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN”, by Casey Neil.

Every-Direction1

A little further east on SE Harrison, this line written in transit lingo, protects a small creek.

ClassBCDL1“CLASS B CDL WITH P SAYS OK TO LRV TO SE PDX”, written by Andrew Quadri.

The next two lines are installed facing the creek. Here’s their moment in the sun.

SteelCables “STEEL CABLES SOLDER THE SKY TO STAINED GLASS”, written by Ayelet Amittay.

LostInThought3“LOST IN THOUGHT A JOLT A BUMP A SMILE”, written by Kathy Butler Detaeye.

On the next street to the south of Harrison, SE Monroe, I found one more line, slightly edited. The final one for the day.

AtopAnOpulence2“ATOP AN OPULENCE OF STICKS OSPREY SPY THE RIVER”, by Kaia Sand.

May 2013 – Recent stamp and fencing photos

Most of the “Impressed Concrete” installations have taken place on the west side of the Willamette along SW Lincoln St. to this point. The photos below were all taken of stampings between SW Naito and SW 1st on Lincoln. This area is still a construction zone, so the public is not yet permitted to access the area.

WestSideContextSW Lincoln, between 1st and Naito.

InSpringTime2

“IN SPRINGTIME EVERYONE SECRETLY LOVES YOU”, by Scot Siegel.

InSpringTime1

 

WillametteRiverWhittled“WILLAMETTE RIVER WHITTLED BY RIPRAP AND WAPATO”, by Sara J. Call.

WillametteRiverWhittled2ARiverBlurred1“A RIVER BLURRED IN THE DISTANCE”, by Anne Elizabeth Shaw.ARiverBlurred2

EvenNowtheHeart2“EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE”, by Amy Schutzer.

EvenNowtheHeart1

The light was so nice on this day, I kept traveling the light rail alignment to see what was new.  Here are a few more photos from the east side of the river…

ISEEMOONLIGHT1This line which looks out to the River reads “I SEE MOONLIGHT RUSHING ON THIN RIVERS OF STEEL”, and is by Gillian Zacharias.  I’m hoping to get a photo of this from the River soon.

ISEEMOONLIGHT2The bike path from OMSI to the Opera Center is closed now for construction.  The line installed a month ago that was on the east side of the trail near here, has been retired.

EyeCatching1“EYE CATCHING A GAME OF SMALL SALUTES”, by Peg Butler is installed on SE McLoughin just north of the Pendleton Store, as are the next two lines.EyeCatching2SomeTeaWithRain“WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN”, by Kunal Mehra.

LiltSong1“INTO THE LILT SONG INTO THE FLASHES OF RED”, by Gregory Chaimov.

KickKick1“KICK KICK TRIPLE STEP ACROSS POINT”, by Peg Butler is located in Downtown Milwaukie.  The words in this line are dance steps in the line dance, “Walk the Line”.

KickKick2

Orange Lining in Milwaukie, OR – Spring 2013

A great example of the fleeting and utilitarian nature of the “Art Starts Now” portion of the Orange Lining project, the following line’s were installed in Milwaukie along the railroad tracks while a retaining wall was being built east of the tracks. Most of these lines have already been removed from this area because their services were no longer required.

Awake“AWAKE” from “AWAKE A THROB OF CRICKETS IT TAKES THE WEIGHT OF YOU”, by Amy MacLennan.

AwakeaThrobofCr“AWAKE A THROB OF CRICKETS IT TAKES THE WEIGHT OF YOU”, by Amy MacLennan.

DuskyWarehouses“DUSKY WAREHOUSES EYES SHUT BACKS TO THE RIVER”, by Ayelet Amittay.

IcouldntSee“I COULDN’T SEE” from Jules Boykoff’s “SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE”.

ISingElectric“I SING THE ELECTRIC LINES CHARGED FULL WITH SOULS”, by Tiel Aisha Ansari.

ISingElectric2“FULL WITH SOULS”, from Tiel Aisha Ansari’s, “I SING THE ELECTRIC LINES CHARGED FULL WITH SOULS”.

Journeys-give-us“JOURNEY’S GIVE US NEW EYES TO SEE OUR WORLD ANEW”, by Paulann Peterson.  Behind Paulann’s line is another line working hard but not in the limelight, “STEEL ON STEEL RACING TO CATCH THE MELODY”, by Gregory Chaimov.

JourneysSteelonSteel NearReed“NEAR REED I SAW LONG AGO A POND WITH WHITE GEESE”, by Margaret Krausse.

Sheknewshe“SHE KNEW SHE WOULD GET THERE IN TIME”, by Peg Butler.

ToReadtheTracks“TO READ THE TRACKS TO NEED TO KNOW”, by David Abel.

TwitterRiversEbbAnother double layer of lines, in back is “TWITTER CHERRY BLOSSOMS FACEBOOK RAINDROPS”, by Kunal Mehra and in front, “RIVER’S EBB INSCRIBED ON BRIDGE LEGS”, by Charles F. Thielman.

OL fencing SE 17th & SE McLoughlin. SW stamps.

Below are photos taken in the past few weeks of both orange lining fencing and stampings. I’ve posted photos of many of these installations before. In these photos you’ll see how the context has changed around the installations as development has gone forward and with the change of the seasons. It’s easier to see the installations on SE McLoughlin with the leaves off of the trees.

"SOME HAVE EVOLVED TO COMMUTE UPRIGHT SMILING", written by Scot Siegel.

Above is the only new installation of printed fencing that I found on this trip. This is on SE 17th Ave, near SE Holgate.  Here are a couple of poems that were edited in the field as needed by the contractors. The one on the left is “SOME HAVE EVOLVED TO COMMUTE UPRIGHT SMILING”, by Scot Siegel. The one on the right is from “A HIGH WATER MARK STILL RINGS THESE TREES”, by Tiel Aisha Ansari.

AHighWMk2.13 3“A HIGH WATER MARK STILL RINGS THESE TREES”, by Tiel Aisha Ansari.

1Mroad1 Looking south on SE McLoughlin Boulevard… You have to get up pretty early on a Sunday morning to see this road this quiet. It was but a moment’s respite, appreciated nonetheless. All of the photos of orange fencing coming up were taken along SE McLoughlin.

InD1 “IN DAYDREAMS WHICH STRANGERS BECOME FRIENDS”, written by Scot Siegel

DYR1“DID YOU REMEMBER TO BRING YOURSELF ALONG”, written by Anatoly Molotkov.

DYR2“DID YOU REMEMBER TO BRING YOURSELF ALONG”, written by Anatoly Molotkov.

PP1“PEOPLE PULLER WHISPERS ALONG”, written by Quake Tornieri.

ALAN1“A LOOK A NOD THE SUBTLE BUILDING OF A SMILE”, written by Peg Butler.

ENO1“EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE”, written by Amy Schutzer.

EN1“EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE”, written by Amy Schutzer. Stamp is on SW Lincoln just south of SW 1st Ave.EN2Same as above with a little extra context, you can in the distance where the new flyover bridge is coming up to meet Lincoln.

ED3“EVERY DAY WE END UP POLISHED FROM A ROUGHER STONE”, written by Amy Schutzer as well.  It’s been hard to get a good photo of this one.

ED1“EVERY DAY WE END UP POLISHED FROM A ROUGHER STONE”, written by Amy Schutzer. Stamped on SW Lincoln south of SW 4th Ave.

ED2Same as above with a little more context.

WWLO1The next few are, “WHAT WE LOVE WILL SAVE US”, by David Oates.

WWLO2WWLO3WWL1SW Lincoln, south of SW 3rd.

WWL2