“More wind and rain in the forecast today,” per the radio. Dreary is simply how Portland’s weather is much of the time. Nobody expresses the gloom better than Portlandia herself:
So, I am on the hunt for something cheery this lunch hour in drippy downtown Portland. Through the mist at SW 5th Avenue and Hall, I saw a few splashes of color here and there worth noticing.
The Ondine Residence Hall at Portland State University was busy with hungry students on lunch breaks. It is located here:
As I approached the Ondine, I saw that it is in the same block as 5th Avenue Cinema, Oregon’s only student-run movie house, which displayed some colorful posters:
The entire wall along 5th Avenue is a work of art by Harrell Fletcher, called The Knowledge, a 127 x 20 foot mural depicting library books:
At the garage entrance was a bright sign:
The Ondine’s lobby featured this sculpture by Eric Tillinghast called Vertical Multichrome:
The Residence Hall Association displayed a poster encouraging resident participation:
The lounge area had a dash of color:
An unusual bicycle was parked just outside the building:
Outside the Ondine, another PSU residence hall is under construction. When I think of construction sites, I usually imagine earth-tone building materials: brick, stone, wood, cement, and steel. This vibrant project seemed quite different:
So I guess it’s not just another grey day.