Aug 13, 2010

Threads - Portland Building Installation

Installation by Gloria Lamson

Everything changes.
Structures and frameworks fall apart and come together;
relationships begin and end, shift and transform.
Our vision of what we want is challenged by the actuality of what is.
I question how we find our way amidst the confusion
of shifting ground within and around us.
How does new life grow out of broken forms of the past?
What is important now? What is needed?
What can be, a next step?
I imagine our questions circle us around the dark unknowing
to stir new realities into being.
And in this process fresh vision and form begin to grow.
In the words of William Stafford,
The Way It Is
There's a thread you follow.
It goes among things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread.
William Stafford

For more information use link below.

This installation through September 3 (6pm)
Viewing hours: 7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. For more information and a website that provides images, proposals and statements of all the Portland Building installations featured since 1994 go to or call the installation space project manager
Keith Lachowicz at 503-823-5404.


Joshua said...

Hi Gloria,

We are leading a group of Middle School teachers on an "Amazing Race" around Portland as a way to build teamwork and set a positive tone for the school year.
We love your installation "Threads" and the William Stafford poem that accompanies it. We are planning to send our teams to the Portland Building to view your work and reflect on the threads that they will follow with their students this year.

Can you confirm that the installation will still be in place on Tuesday, August 31?
We hope so...

Josh Flosi
Assistant Principal
Wood Middle School
Wilsonville, OR

Gloria Lamson said...

Hello Josh,
the short answer - Yes....and it
was great to hear from you and love the idea that Threads can weave into your team-building and setting a positive tone for the year!!
I'm thrilled and honored that the work can serve your needs, and would love to see or hear how it affects/influences the kids.
Please know the typewriter is ready for action, to transform viewer to participant with all comments/stories/insights welcome. And they are welcome to use the rake for the puzzle pieces within the space.
I posted more details below and I will be at the site looking forward to talking with interested folks on Friday the 3rd from 1-6.

Best wishes for a great experience! Wish I could be a fly on the wall to witness.