Selected Lines

Lines of text for Orange Lining have been obtained by public solicitation. The call for submissions requested that writings be original and evoke places, people, and travels along the new light rail alignment. Submissions were to be fifty characters or less in length, including spaces and should not have include punctuation. Some submissions did have punctuation before we made it clear that our stencil and stamps sets didn’t include punctuation. (We have since obtained commas and apostrophes to make that work.)

A selection group including Buster Simpson, Peg Butler and volunteer literary professionals; David Abel, David Oates and Lisa Radon reviewed and selected writings in a blind juried process. The PMLR Public Art Advisory Committee reviewed the final selections. Below are the final selections.

Lines in orange have been printed on silt fencing. Lines not in orange, will be stamped only. All of the lines listed below will be stamped in concrete along the alignment during phase 2, some lines will be placed in multiple locations.  We have 103 lines and 120 locations to be stamped.

1 FRESH OUT OF THE TUNNEL LIGHT IS MILK AND HOLY WATER Amber T May
2 AWAKE A THROB OF CRICKETS IT TAKES THE WEIGHT OF YOU Amy MacLennan
3 EVEN NOW THE HEART IS FLOWERING A WILD PATIENCE Amy Schutzer
4 EVERY DAY WE END UP POLISHED FROM A ROUGHER STONE Amy Schutzer
5 FENCE IS SIMPLE DIVISION INSISTENT AS SYLLABLES Amy Schutzer
6 USE PINK SKY TO IRON WATER Amy Schutzer
7 DID YOU REMEMBER TO BRING YOURSELF ALONG Anatoly Molotkov
8 CLASS B CDL WITH P SAYS OK TO LRV TO SE PDX Andrew Quadri
9 A RIVER, BLURRED IN THE DISTANCE Anne Elizabeth Shaw
10 HER FACE AS SHE TURNS FROM THE WINDOW Anne Elizabeth Shaw
11 LET THERE BE A NARROW MARGIN EMERGENT IN THE SAND Anne Elizabeth Shaw
12 A BRIDGE CHANGES SYSTEMS Annika Wang
13 CROSS THE FREIGHT TRACKS LATTICE OF STEEL & LIGHT Ayelet Amittay
14 DUSKY WAREHOUSES EYES SHUT BACKS TO THE RIVER Ayelet Amittay
15 FREIGHT CARS CHUFFING ON THE LADDERED LANES Ayelet Amittay
16 STEEL CABLES SOLDER THE SKY TO STAINED GLASS Ayelet Amittay
17 THE OLD TREES SWEEP OUR WAY POUR OVER THE ASPHALT Ayelet Amittay
18 WE WERE SHORTWAVE WE WERE WHAT ROVES B.T. Shaw
19 SWOLLEN SWIRLING EDDIES CLAIM UNMOORED THOUGHTS Becca Biggs
20 BLACKBIRD’S RED SHOWS ONLY ON OPENED WINGS Brigitte Goetze
21 ILLUMINATED WE FLOAT LIKE FINGERPRINTS ON GLASS Brigitte Goetze
23 HONED IN MIND, WORN BY THE SOLE (stamp only) Buster Simpson
22 IMPRESSED (Date of Stamping will be added, stamp only) Buster Simpson
24 ORANGE SILT FENCE CARBON BLACK  BARRIER Buster Simpson
25 A RIVER OF STRIPED STEEL, OF ROLLING GLASS Carol Weliky
26 BLOOMING IN THE VALLEY, MY LITTLE DARK ROSE Casey Neill
27 EVERY DIRECTION LEADS US BACK AGAIN Casey Neill
28 PULLING THOUGHTS OVER HOLLOWS WALKING TO THE RIVER Charles F. Thielman
29 RIVER’S EBB INSCRIBED ON BRIDGE LEGS Charles F. Thielman
30 CLACKAMAS TO MULTNOMAH SHE STILL WATCHES OVER YOU Cindy Williams Gutierrez
31 FAINTEST ECHOES, THEIR WORDS WALKED HERE David Abel
32 NATURE, PART II David Abel
33 TO READ THE TRACKS TO NEED TO KNOW David Abel
34 SET YOUR BAGS DOWN FOR A FEW NIGHTS David Biespiel
35 TOE POEM ARTISANAL TARSAL FARCE (stamp only) David Oates
36 WHAT WE LOVE WILL SAVE US  (2) David Oates
37 EARTH AND SKY PRESS US LIKE LETTERS TO EACH OTHER Dinae E Horne
38 I IMAGINE YOU AND HOW I BRUSHED BY YOU WITH WORDS Elisabeth Tschalaer
39 WE ARRIVE TOGETHER (2)
Elisabeth Tschalaer
40 CARRY THESE WORDS LIKE FOLD UP CHAIRS ACROSS TIME Frances Payne Adler
41 FAMILY TIES LACED IN OUR NEIGHBORS’ SHOES Garret Potter
42 MUTUALLY WOVEN INTO ANOTHER’S CONSIDERATION Garret Potter
43 I SEE MOONLIGHT RUSHING ON THIN RIVERS OF STEEL Gillian Zacharias
44 INTO THE LILT SONG INTO THE FLASHES OF RED Gregory Chaimov
45 STEEL ON STEEL RACING TO CATCH THE MELODY Gregory Chaimov
46 THE RUT A THOUSAND HOOVES HAVE CUT Gregory Chaimov
47 A TREE IS MY UMBRELLA Helen Nighthawk
48 KNIT THE CITY BONES RIDE THE VEINS J. Graham Murtaugh
49 POETRY IS THE SOUL’S EROSION CONTROL J. Graham Murtaugh
50 DAY TRAIL NIGHT VEIL LIGHT RAIL Jana Zvibleman
51 EVERY RUIN IS A THING WE HAVE MADE Jason Mashak
52 LEFT ALL I KNEW IN HINDSIGHT LONG FROM HOME Jessica Samuelsen
53 COASTING OUR BOUNDARIES WE FOREVER RIDE THE LINE Jordan brown
54 A HOST OF OAKS TILTING TOWARD RECOGNITION Jules Boykoff
55 SHE SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THINGS I COULDN’T SEE Jules Boykoff
56 THE RUFFLE OF A SCRUB JAY’S WINGS ON LANDING Jules Boykoff
57 ATOP AN OPULENCE OF STICKS OSPREYS SPY THE RIVER Kaia Sand
58 LOST IN THOUGHT, A JOLT A BUMP, A SMILE Kathleen Detaeye
59 TWITTER CHERRY BLOSSOMS FACEBOOK RAINDROPS Kunal Mehra
60 WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TEA WITH YOUR RAIN Kunal Mehra
61 SO MANY HEARTS WHERE MY HEART NOW RIDES Lana Hechtman Ayers
62 CRAWLING IN DUST HOW HEAVY THESE FEET OF CLOUDS Laura Winter
63 ON THE ORANGE LINE ONE BLUE UMBRELLA LEFT BEHIND M
64 ON TRAINS WE STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER M
65 COSMOPOLIS STRETCHES OUT AN ARM Magdalen Powers
66 BEHIND THE VEIL OF MORNING FOG MOUNT HOOD (2)
Margaret Chula
67 NEAR REED I SAW LONG AGO A POND WITH WHITE GEESE Margaret Krausse
68 OCHER AND BLUE OUR SHADOWS SWIM THROUGH EACH OTHER Margaret Thomas
69 THE STORY BEGINS AT THE CORNER Martha Sandstead
70 BARN SWALLOWS FLYING TILT RHYTHM QUICK AND DIVING Melanie Green
71 THE SUN RETURNING THE SKY TO US Melanie Green
72 A SEED BLOWN THERE BY ACCIDENT Micki Selvitella
73 YOU ARE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE Micki Selvitella
74 I LEARNED ABOUT FAITH FROM THE BEND OF THE RIVER Mike Aspros
75 MY STONE SKIN CHIPS AWAY AS HERONS BREEZE OVERHEAD Mike Aspros
76 STONES STAND STEADY TO DULL THE BULLDOZER’S BLADE Mike Aspros
77 WHEN THE COYOTES CRY YOU’LL HEAR THE CHINOOK WIND Mike Aspros
78 INSERT TRAVELERS PROVERB HERE Olivia Blacklock
79 JOURNEYS GIVE US NEW EYES TO SEE OUR WORLD ANEW Paulann Petersen
80 PRIMERO Y PARA SIEMPRE EL ESPIRITU DEL CAMINO (2)
Pedro Ferbel-Azcarate
81 THE SUBTLE BUILDING OF A SMILE Peg Butler
82 CHOREOGRAPHY OF PLACE, LYRICAL ALIGNMENT Peg Butler
83 CIVILITY UNSPOKEN AS EACH STEP CONSIDERS THE OTHER Peg Butler
84 EYE CATCHING, A GAME OF SMALL SALUTES Peg Butler
85 GRAPEVINE RIGHT GRAPEVINE LEFT BACKWARD WALKS Peg Butler
86 KICK KICK TRIPLE STEP ACROSS POINT Peg Butler
87 OLD STONES GOOD CITY BONES Peg Butler
88 SHE KNEW SHE WOULD GET THERE IN TIME Peg Butler
89 PEOPLE PULLER WHISPERS ALONG Quake Tornieri
90 WHERE ARE WE GOING TOGETHER Sandy Sampson
91 WILLAMETTE RIVER WHITTLED BY RIPRAP AND WAPATO Sara J. Call
92 IN DAYDREAMS WHICH STRANGERS BECOME FRIENDS Scot Siegel
93 SOME HAVE EVOLVED TO COMMUTE UPRIGHT SMILING Scot Siegel
94 EVERYONE IS A LITTLE MORE FAMOUS ON A TRAIN Scot Siegel
95 HERE JURIES OF MOSS AND LICHEN REST IN THE TREES Scot Siegel
96 IN SPRINGTIME EVERYONE SECRETLY LOVES YOU Scot Siegel
97 UNDER A ZIPPER OF BRIDGES OUR GREEN CITY THRUMS (3) Scot Siegel
98 A HIGH WATER MARK STILL RINGS THESE TREES Tiel Aisha Ansari
99 I SING THE ELECTRIC LINES CHARGED FULL WITH SOULS Tiel Aisha Ansari
100 PASS CAREFULLY BY LADD’S SPIDERWEB OF STREETS Tiel Aisha Ansari
101 THE COUNTY LINE IS NOT MARKED ON THE EARTH Tiel Aisha Ansari
102 WE SLED DOWN THE BIG HILL TO DOVE STREET Tina Buettell
 103 DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FACES SKETCHED FAST  Wendy Moidel

 

The submission process has closed.

 

CALLING ALL WORDSMITHS — WRITE A LINE FOR THE LINE!

SHORT POETIC LINES WANTED FOR NEW TRIMET MAX LINE PUBLIC ART PROJECT!

Construction has begun on TriMet’s Portland – Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project (PMLR), scheduled to begin service in 2015. Running 7.3 miles from Portland State University to Oak Grove, the future MAX Orange Line will connect downtown and inner Southeast Portland to Milwaukie and Clackamas County.

Project artist Buster Simpson and collaborator Peg Butler invite the public to submit original, short poetic lines of text for Orange Lining, a two phase public art installation to span the length of the light rail alignment.

In phase one, orange silt fencing, a common erosion control material, is assigned a dual function and becomes a surface for publication of selected lines during construction of the transit project. In the second phase, lines of text are stamped into concrete where new sidewalks are installed, embedding sentiments of the times along the alignment. In both phases, the project utilizes typical construction materials and works with the tradespeople who are building the light rail transit project.

All those with a connection to the region are invited to submit lines of text. Submissions must be original and should evoke places, people, and travels along the new light rail alignment. They must be 50 characters or less in length, including spaces and should not include punctuation or symbols. Distilling a message of civic relevance to this level of brevity is your challenge!

Submissions will be reviewed through a blind juried process by a selection group consisting of Buster Simpson, Peg Butler and volunteer literary professionals; David Abel, David Oates and Lisa Radon. Selected lines will be submitted to the PMLR Public Art Advisory Committee for final review.

Multiple submissions may be included in each entry. Please include your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number (or other contact information). By submitting your lines for consideration, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the project.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • March 15th, 2012 – Requests for Submissions distributed.
  • Wednesday, May 2nd is the last day to submit lines for inclusion in this first phase of the selection process.  After that we will be accepting lines in an ongoing basis throughout the Orange Lining process. There will be more information on the ongoing submission process available soon  The chances for your lines to be selected will be best if they are submitted by the end of day on May 2nd.
  • Submission review will be  ongoing through May 18th, 2012.  Selected lines will be published on this website after final review by PMLR Public Art Advisory Committee.
  • Art Starts Now printing will take place predominantly May through July, 2012.  Installation will be ongoing throughout PMLR Transit Project construction.
  • Impressed Concrete stampings will begin in July 2012 and continue through completion of PMLR Transit Project.

Orange Lining Request for Submissions, printable version.