Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Vignette: Leroy Setziol — stop, appreciate

I'm pretty sure I've walked by this huge installation wall, at the Schoolhouse Electric Showroom here in Portland, multiple times, yet I've never actually stopped to appreciate it. A slow tour with family — my husband, Andrew, is the Director of Operations at SHEC — over the holiday weekend had me finally doing so.


One could spent hours lost in the shapes and textures.

Staring at them, tracing them with you fingers (allowed since it's not hanging in a museum!).

Read more about Leroy Setzoil here and here.

If you're a local then plan a visit to see it in person before it's packed up and shipped off to Pittsburgh — you won't regret it.

Weather Diary, Nov 28: Hi 47 Low 44/ Precip .44"

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15 comments:

  1. Hooray for family visits, if they slow you down just enough to notice things you missed when in a hurry. Its a wonderful piece of art.

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    1. I shot a few photos that day (most them for Instagram). You definitely see things differently when moving at a slow pace.

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  2. Wow - that is BEAUTIFUL! Love it!!! I just might have to stop in and admire it up close. Although your photos captured great detail, they also gave me a taste for more. The fact that it only took him a year to get a degree in theology made me laugh. Sounds about right, actually... :D

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    1. And now your comment makes me laugh, only a year! Do stop in and appreciate the piece in person.

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  3. That is gorgeous! And how lovely to work in that environment. My niece lives in Pittsburgh so maybe we will get to see it there someday.

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    1. The Pittsburgh store is going to be fabulous! It's going in a very different building than their one here in Portland:
      https://www.nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/schoolhouse-electric/

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  4. I love it! I love anything had carved. A whole wall is too cool. It would look great in my office : )

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    1. Well, call and make them an offer...

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  5. So cool that you can touch the work as that would add so much to experiencing it. I hope Andrew isn't being packed up and sent to Pittsburgh too.

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    1. No. The answer to that is no. Helluva commute and I'm not moving there.

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  6. Wonderful! I don't think I've ever seen anything like that.

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  7. You never stopped to admire that before?? I think of you and your husband whenever I am in that Schoolhouse showroom--and this wall of carving was/is the first thing I look at (after being wow'ed by Schoolhouse the overview). I had thought how much it reminds me of Portland--old Portland--of the 1960's (I grew up here). Now I know why!! I didn't even realize how completely "Portland" this was. The carving feels practically iconic to me. Of a certain era, of a certain place. It feels "like the woods," in the same way Halprin's Keller fountain feels like a waterfall off Mt Hood. So glad you posted this.

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    1. What's wrong with me, right? Has it been there since the beginning? I love your comparison to the Keller fountain, so true.

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  8. He was indeed an icon, kinda like Louis Bunce, with his work featured all over town at one time. I was in a workshop with his daughter back then and she was a one-of-a-kind individual (not a surprise, considering her roots).

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