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|The Promised Land|
The sculpture in April 2015
|Dimensions||3.0 m × 1.7 m × 1.7 m (10 ft × 5.5 ft × 5.5 ft)|
|Condition||"Well maintained" (1993)|
|Location||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Owner||Oregon Trail Coordinating Council|
Description and history
The Promised Land is a bronze sculpture depicting a pioneer family, including a father, mother and son, at the end of their journey. It was commissioned by the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council for $150,000 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. The sculpture measures approximately 10 feet (3.0 m) x 5.5 feet (1.7 m) x 5.5 feet (1.7 m). The Smithsonian Institution offers the following description:
Standing figures of a pioneer family, circa 1843. The parents stand to the back and their son stands between them in front. The father is bearded and wearing a long-sleeve shirt, trousers with suspenders and mid-calf boots. He points with his proper right hand and his proper left arm is around his wife, who wears a long prairie dress shawl, and apron. Her hair is in a bun, and she holds a doll to her chest in her proper left hand. The boy wears trousers with suspenders and his shirt sleeves are rolled up. He holds a Bible in his proper right hand, against his proper right leg. A wagon wheel and leaning rifle stand behind the father figure.
The sculpture was completed and copyrighted in 1993, and dedicated on March 17 of that year. According to Smithsonian, which surveyed the work through its "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in October 1993, the sculpture was located at the Oregon History Center at 1200 Southeast Park Avenue and was administered by the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council. It was set on a laminated board base which measured approximately 2.5 feet (0.76 m) x 7 feet (2.1 m) x 6 feet (1.8 m) and weighed 3,000 lbs., and was considered "well maintained" at the time of the survey.
The sculpture is installed at Chapman Square, one of the Plaza Blocks, and rests on a red granite slab which contains an inscription of a quote by Thomas Jefferson. The plaza in front of the sculpture has sandblasted black bear, coyote, elk, grouse, jackrabbit, black bear and porcupine footprints, plus moccasin prints.
Vandalism and removal
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Sculpture during George Floyd protests
- "Chapman Square". City of Portland, Oregon. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "The Promised Land, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "'Terribly upsetting': Portland takes in riot damage". July 5, 2020.
- Tribune, Portland (July 5, 2020). "Fireworks, riot outside Justice Center in downtown Portland again overnight". Portland Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
- The Promised Land - Portland, OR at Waymarking.com
- 'Bah, Humbug' Greets Statue Depicting Pioneer Family : Oregon Trail: Portland arts commission rejects bronze by nationally known artist that features rugged Bible-toting Christians. Panel terms it culturally insensitive, possessing little artistic merit. by Andrew Waters (April 3, 1994), Los Angeles Times