Glimpse, by Wendy Klemperer, was gifted to the City of Portland by William D. Hamill and Mary Louise N. Hamill in celebration of the new Jetport expansion in 2011. As you leave the Jetport, going towards Congress Street, you will glimpse this series of sculptures including a herd of deer, a porcupine, and a wolf… Read more »
The Little Water Girl was donated to the City of Portland by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in 1917. At the time, the WCTU urged its members to create public fountains to provide “pure drinking water” as an alternative to liquor. The Little Water Girl was given in honor of Lillian Ames Stevens, who… Read more »
Sculptor Victor Kahill of Portland was commissioned to create the Maine Lobsterman with Maine’s participation in the 1939 New York World’s Fair, as a commemoration of Mainers who have dedicated their lives to fishing. (Today there are 6,000 boats licensed to trap lobsters in Maine and in 2011 they landed 104 million pounds of lobster.) … Read more »
The Stanley Pullen Fountain was installed in 1910 as a horse trough and fountain on what was then the busy thoroughfare of Federal Street. The granite fountain, designed by George Burnham of Portland, and executed by the New Hampshire Granite Company, was named in honor of local lawyer, politician, and onetime editor of the Portland… Read more »
The Jewel Box Bus Shelter was designed by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, a Seattle-based public arts team. It was installed in December 2004 after a two year process of review and planning. The goal for the bus shelter was to create focus and energy on Congress Street. The structure is an icon of Portland’s… Read more »
The Portland Public Art Committee commissions art that engages with the surrounding environment to create, enrich, or reveal a sense of place, and to express the spirit, values, visions and poetry of place that collectively define Portland. This collection contains works of historical significance that date from the nineteenth century as well as contemporary pieces that reflect the diversity and spirit of the city.