Portland Walking Tours

Art lovers rejoice!

March 2nd, 2011

We’re often asked by locals and travelers alike to reveal details on specific artworks around the city. Our company policy of “I’ll Find Out” instead of “I Don’t Know” requires us to race back to a computer and do a Public Art lookup both to to further our knowledge and email you the answer to your questions. Looking up that info at a desktop may be coming to an end!

Portland local Matt Blair has created a new free app called Public Art PDX. With an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in hand, we can now look up details of 429 pieces of Portland’s publicly owned and viewable sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramic pieces, fiber art, murals, fountains, and more. The coolest part is that the app displays detailed information on each piece including artist name, the formal title, year of creation, material/media, funding source, and the occasional artist’s statement.

Check out Public Art PDX now and download it for free in iTunes. If you want to know more about or watch a video, be sure to visit Matt’s website dedicated to the app.

Right now, the app is limited to the greater downtown, but Matt seems to want to expand it quickly, even providing a button for you to submit at you would like added to the collection. Go Matt!

Since the end of last year, a few of us here have been digging on Matt’s PDX Trees application. We don’t hesitate to state that PDX Trees has changed the way we see the city. A personal casual stroll with an iPhone has now become an educational venture into things we didn’t know about the trees we walk by every day. We’re sure that Public Art PDX will do the same for art.

Art lovers around the world all know Portland as a city rich in public art and take our Best of Portland walking tour to show off multitude of pieces. When you want to create your own adventure beyond our tours grab your iPhone, download Public Art PDX, and we’ll see you on the streets.

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