Noticing Overlooked Artifacts


Yesterday I spotted this mosaic in the entrance of a vacant storefront near NE 7th and Knott in Portland. It stopped me in my tracks and made me wonder about who created it, what that person intended to communicate, and what business was inside. 

Who among us hasn’t had a moment like this, when an unexpected glimpse of some odd artifact invites us to pause, pay attention, and reflect about the overlooked, the forgotten?

And so this idiosyncratic image, and the response it evoked, captures the intention of this blog:  to catch readers in the flow of their day and provide a moment to reflect and connect with ideas, people and places outside the mainstream. Most posts will be practical and have links to resources or information. A few may be provocative. And a few may pose questions to what I hope will become a growing community of people who share a passion for honoring people and places at the fringe.

Posted on December 17, 2013 .