#LSSthe9 Portland, OR - Part 1: Secret Art Locations (1-5) Revealed

If you were in Portland, OR from December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016 then you may have been lucky enough to find a piece of secret abstract art while you were walking around. On those dates I was exploring all the fun things Portland has to offer and not-so-secretly hiding nine related artworks throughout the city as part of my #LSSthe9 social art experiment.

Every time I hid a piece of art I took a photo and posted it to Instagram. Each artwork contained a secret message as well as few words from a quote written directly on the reverse of the canvas. These artworks were created by yours truly in my studio in Hermosa Beach, CA and they traveled about 835 miles to find homes in Portland, OR.

If you head over to my studio site on the #LSSthe9 page you can click on all the pins within this interactive map to see what destinations these pins have been dropped at. There's four different colors for each of the four days I spent in Portland, OR.

  • Orange: December 27, 2016
  • Green: December 28, 2016
  • Purple: December 29, 2016
  • Blue: December 30, 2016

This post is the first time I've revealed all nine of the artworks from the reverse side so you'll be able to read the full message. Keep reading and head to the bottom to see the photo of all nine artworks.

Day one is represented by the three orange pins on the map. The three locations were all on the west side of the city. Portland, OR is divided into four quadrants. The east and west sides are divided by the Willamette River and the north and south sides are divided by Burnside Ave.

Artwork one was not-so-secretly placed on a shelf right in front of Tasty N Alder (580 SW 12th Ave), a John Gorham restaurant in downtown Portland, OR. It was raining on and off while I popped in to enjoy a breakfast sandwich at 2pm (yes, I love breakfast at all hours of the day) and a sherry so it was perfect to find the dry covered area while I could grab some food. 

Breakfast sandwich with bacon (and a glass of sherry).

Breakfast sandwich with bacon (and a glass of sherry).

Artwork one - Tasty N Alder.

Artwork one - Tasty N Alder.

Just because I didn't take that many pictures of the food at Tasty N Alder doesn't mean I can't share all the amazing things they have to eat. Here are my four favorite food photos from Instagram. Photo credit: @cocktailnomad @thejetsettingfoodie @laveniakazan @rachelgoldwoman

After taking a walk over to the Alphabet District to find a snack I stumbled upon Manor Fine Wares (907 NW 23rd) and well, there was another covered dry spot right in front of their showroom (and it was still raining) so that's where the second artwork was not-so-secretly hidden in plain sight.

A dry spot with some really beautiful home goods - perfect!

A dry spot with some really beautiful home goods - perfect!

If I could've left my artwork inside of Manor Fine Wares I would've...it's so pretty inside and they have the best pillows. Photo credit: @manorfinewares.

Artwork three was the last one for day one and this one made a late night appearance at Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW 6th) because I needed to see the gorgeous holiday tree sometime during my visit to Portland, OR.

The most festive christmas tree I've ever seen!

The most festive christmas tree I've ever seen!

Daytime or night, Pioneer Courthouse Square is a fun and festive place to check out. This year marked the 32nd annual tree lighting and as you can see in the photos below...it draws quite a crowd! Photo credit: @tylerzbaie @onelostgirlphoto @byronbeck @iam_hyepark.

Day two is represented on the map by the forest green pins. I only hid two paintings that day and it started with a visit to the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave) to see the Andy Warhol exhibit. Yay!

I spent about three hours in the museum checking out the Warhol exhibit as well as more artworks by Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons, and this amazing exhibit called The Photograph in the Information Age. If it were up to me I could've spent a whole day in the museum but a girls gotta eat. $20 gets you in to the Portland Art Museum for as long as you want to stay (or until the museum closes).

It hadn't rained yet but I found a covered space outside the Portland Art Museum.

It hadn't rained yet but I found a covered space outside the Portland Art Museum.

Yes, there's so much more to the Portland Art Museum aside from the Warhol exhibit but I have to admit there were some really great highlights as seen in the photos below. Photo credit: @michelleechan__ @museuminspiration @dominiqueovel @hyu915.

Artwork five found its place right in front of an iconic destination in Portland, OR - Powell's City of Books. Powell's is an enjoyable place to get lost and lose track of time in this cool retreat for bibliophiles...and it was absolutely packed!

The bookshelves are endless. This place takes up a whole city block. It's about twice the size of the Last Bookstore in LA. It's the perfect rainy day destination. See for yourself in the photos below. Photo credit: @atltu @jordanloves.life @hyu915 @saandyvu.

Stay tuned for the next part of the blog which will cover days three and four (artworks six through nine). For now, enjoy the photo below which shows the complete message once all nine artworks are put together.

If you're one of the lucky people to find one of these artworks head over to the #LSSthe9 page and send Laura an email.