The municipal building of Portland, Oregon has a 'post modern' design by Michael Graves that was completed in 1982. Michael Graves died yesterday at age 80. This building has been subject to much unfavorable comment since it was dedicated. Graves was one of the NY five highly praised post-modern architects but this style was already out of fashion when this building was completed. He went on to design household items for Target stores. He lived in Princeton, NJ and was confined to a wheelchair for the last few years.
The statue is Portlandia; after the Statue of Liberty it is the largest hammered copper sculpture in the USA. It has never become an iconic image even in Oregon in part because the artist, Raymond Kaskey, has threatened lawsuits for any attempt to commercialize it in any way,