Last week on Monday Mural, I showed you some murals from the seaside town of Astoria. Let me tell you that there’s more to see, here. So today I’ll show you what you can rightly call some ‘must-see art’ here in this city-by-the-Columbia-River-and-the-Pacific-Ocean.
It was in this coastal town that I found some interesting and impressive artwork on a 125 ft tall structure called the Astoria Column.
The art on the Column is attributed to Attilio Pustera, an Italian artist. And I learnt that the technique used here is called sgraffito. (If you’d like to know more about that, click HERE.)
Now, coming to the scenes on the Astoria Column, these are said to be a depiction of the History of these parts: how the states of the Pacific Northwest and its neighbours came to be a part of what is the United States today. And that includes the discovery of the Columbia River, the ships that brought explorers to the area, the people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition boiling sea water to make salt, and the selling of Fort Astoria to the British among other images.
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