Monumental Attire

You’ll find many of your favorite statues in and around Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Pioneer District sporting handmade, holiday-inspired fashions. Plan your shopping around their festive makeovers.

  • Nov. 14: “Allow Me” (man with umbrella) and “Animals in Pools” (deer and otters) statues
  • Nov. 21 : “Animals in Pools” (ducks and beavers) and “Kvinneakt” (nude woman) statues
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: “Animals in Pools” (bears and seals) statues

You can also match the monuments by creating your own ugly sweater at Downtown’s Ugly Sweater Decorating Party and then enter it in the #UglySweaterPDX photo contest on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About the Sculptures

Located in Pioneer Courthouse Square, J. Seward Johnson’s “Allow Me” (aka “The Umbrella Man”) is quite possibly the most photographed man in Portland, symbolizing the city to residents and tourists alike. “Allow Me” will be ready for holiday snapshots in his dapper sweater starting Nov. 14.

In 1978, Norman Taylor’s “Kvinneakt” (Norwegian for “nude woman”), was made famous by the “Expose Yourself to Art Poster” featuring former Portland Mayor Bud Clark. In 2013, she covers up with a sparkly, snowflake-encrusted shawl and matching legwarmers.

Many a passerby has stopped to pat or cuddle Georgia Gerber’s “Animals in Pools” sculptures that surround Pioneer Courthouse. For the holidays, the beloved creatures — deer, beavers, otters, bears and ducks — will be snuggled with holiday sweaters, scarves and hats.

Meet the Artists

  • Jessica DeVries has been crafting since her first pretzel wreath at the age of five. In recent years, between working as a health care admin and studying for a master’s degree in art therapy, she has expanded her enjoyment of crochet from hats and fingerless gloves to incorporating it into her mixed media sculpture. Her wearable work is available at Common Ground Wellness Center.
  • As a lover of all things art- and craft-related, Claudia Martinez enjoys sharing her time and knowledge of computer animation and DIY through teaching. She runs the blog StufffromVenus.com, which highlights reusing materials found at local stores. In her down time, Claudia spends many hours volunteering with SCRAP, Bridge for Blankets and Hands on Portland. She can also be found in her studio raking through a pile of personal projects. A sample of her jewelry and wares are available online in her Etsy shop stufffromvenus.etsy.com.
  • Jenny Mosher is a Portland-based social worker who delightedly fills her free time with yarn and knitting needles. She is a fierce opponent of the stereotype that knitting and crochet are just for grandmothers, though admittedly her other activities include learning to play bridge and singing in a choir. Those interested in seeing her work may go to Ravelry.com and search for jennymosher.
  • Amanda Miller (or “Knitting Amanda,” as she is often called by friends), has been knitting and crocheting since she was 14. When not working in nonprofit accounting, she enjoys knitting custom made hats that perfectly suit the wearer’s personality (and head). She loves having a hobby that enables her to feel productive while watching television

Thanks to our Partners

Thank you to our sweater-loving partners at Portland Business Alliance, Downtown Clean and Safe, SmartPark, Portland Parks & Recreation, Travel Portland and Regional Arts and Culture Council. These fun, temporary additions to our sculptures are applied with great care by people who know what they’re doing. Please respect the art and do not attempt to add your own holiday flair.