Residents, workers and visitors of Tigard's downtown area might have noticed a new addition to the streetscape of Main Street last week.
Two tall poles were placed on either side of the street on Tuesday, June 27. The poles, created by Clackamas County-based metal sculptor and artist Ben Dye, will soon suspend seasonal banners advertising Tigard's community events and festivals above the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic along Main Street.
"The first phase has obviously been completed — we have the poles erected," said Steve DeAngelo, president of the Tigard Downtown Alliance, the business group that has been coordinating the banner project.
Next up: Blown glass balls by Live Laugh Love Art, like the ones that hang along Main Street as "glass baskets," will be installed on the poles, 10 on either side, according to DeAngelo. Those installations will lend some color and flair to the metal poles.
"And of course, we still need to get the banner in the air," DeAngelo added.
The goal is to have everything completed by 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, when a dedication ceremony will be held for the installation.
"We're not quite wrapped up, but we're getting close," said DeAngelo.
DeAngelo said the banner poles have already been handed over to the City of Tigard. The city has inspected the poles to ensure they are safe, he added, describing them as "very structurally sound."
"It's over-engineered, if you will," he said of the installation.
The Tigard Downtown Alliance has been working for the past few years to bring more public art into the downtown area. Among the more prominent pieces it has brought to Tigard is another work of metal art by Dye, the donut-shaped "Mobius" outside Symposium Coffee, 12345 S.W. Main St.
The banner pole project now nearing completion is something DeAngelo and other members of the alliance have been looking forward to for a while.
"Two years in the making, and really the inception stemmed from the City Center Advisory Commission about eight years ago," DeAngelo said. "So it's kind of been on the wish list for downtown for a long time."
By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times