"Walking Portland, Oregon" by Sybilla Avery Cook-- Please see the link below for more information
Backstory and Context
Portlandia was inspired by the city seal of Portland, which features a woman dressed in a flowing gown welcoming traders into the city's port. The pose of the figure was considered somewhat controversial at the time, but Kaskey nevertheless won the Henry Hering Medal from the National Sculpture Society for his work. Portlandia remains the sole intellectual property of Kaskey and cannot be reproduced in any commercial form without his permission.
Since 1985, there have been numerous campaigns to relocate the sculpture to a more visible area. Many argue that the sculpture is hidden and often ignored by residents and visitors because it is situated several stories above ground level. Each time Kaskey has refused to allow Portlandia to be relocated, citing that the piece was designed specifically for that location. The figure is maintained by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), which oversees art-related activity throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area.