The Bayside Trail was the result of an initiative by Portland Trails and the Portland Public Arts Committee that aimed to revitalize the old industrial district of downtown Portland. As part of the trail system, which connects to the larger Portland trail system, is a public art component that seeks to raise the standard of quality public urban spaces in the city. This pilot program engages artists to compete for a winning seating design that will populate the trail system. Our winning design will be fabricated in a design-build collaboration with award-winning fabricator X² from the Netherlands.
The approach for the sculptural seating elements was to create lasting, beautiful objects that unfold and transform in intriguing and compelling ways to provide different seating experiences for the user. Each plaza space has its own unique qualities and level of privacy. This fact is exploited and is used it as the basis for the design vocabulary to create sculptural objects that respond to the variety of seating opportunities of each plaza.