This sculpture is Cat In Repose, by Kathleen McCullough, made in 1977 and part of the original group of public artworks set about the Portland Transit Mall.

From the pictures below, the artwork seems to have been damaged, perhaps not permanently, by the Transit Mall maintenance crew, using a high pressure washer on it.

Before – October 2003


After – October 2005

I can’t find anything on McCullough. Seems she, like several of the Transit Mall sculptors, stopped making or selling artwork soon after Tri-Met bought it. Considering the countless asses plopped onto it, buses careening about, and infinite cigarettes stubbed out on it, after 25+ years, this artwork has done its job and weathered well.

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