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Monday Mural | Found on Astoria Column

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...
Astoria Column, Astoria, OR

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.)

Sgraffito on Astoria Column

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.

Sgraffito on Astoria Column
Also up on Tipsy from the TRIP:
Astoria from Astoria Column -More about the Astoria Column itself and the views from the top of the column, and also about the City of Astoria. 
 
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  • Anabel Marsh
    29 February 2016 at 11:11 am
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    • dNambiar
      29 February 2016 at 8:24 pm
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      Truly one of a kind, is it not? 🙂
      Welcome here, Anabel. 🙂

  • rupam sarma
    29 February 2016 at 11:57 am
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    Wonderful, Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • dNambiar
      29 February 2016 at 8:25 pm
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      Isn't it?
      You're welcome, Rupam. 🙂

  • Bikram
    29 February 2016 at 2:40 pm
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    lovely Mural's thank you for sharing , we could see them tooo

    Bikram's

    • dNambiar
      29 February 2016 at 8:26 pm
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      It wouldn't be right if I saw this one and didn't share them with you. 🙂
      Thank YOU, Bikram. 🙂

  • Tom
    29 February 2016 at 4:32 pm
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    I spent a week in your lovely hospital in Astoria a number of years ago…missed this mural

    • dNambiar
      29 February 2016 at 8:28 pm
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      You did? That must have been quite like a holiday. Or was it? 🙂
      I'm so sorry you missed this one. It really is a must see because it's on a tall lighthouse-like structure. And the art is very distinct too. I hope you'll get to see it sometime soon, Tom.
      Have a great week. 🙂

  • RedPat
    29 February 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    That is so cool!

    • dNambiar
      1 March 2016 at 9:22 pm
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      It sure is. 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    1 March 2016 at 4:34 am
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    It's really wonderful and thanks for the link in the post 🙂

    • dNambiar
      1 March 2016 at 9:23 pm
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      You're welcome, Ravish. And thank YOU. 🙂
      You mean the link for the sgraffito? My pleasure. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    1 March 2016 at 6:09 am
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    It is so interesting to know how people earlier made these columns / murals or even cave art if we go further in history and today these artistic depiction tell us about a moment in history!

    • dNambiar
      1 March 2016 at 9:32 pm
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      And that, when there weren't as many facilities as we have today. Amazing! Yeah and today they stand talking history.
      The art on this column seemed like one of a kind. I was fascinated.

      Thank you for stopping by, DesiTraveler. 🙂

  • Kusum Sanu
    1 March 2016 at 11:43 am
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    That is very interesting. Good info on Astoria.

    • dNambiar
      1 March 2016 at 9:32 pm
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      Isn't it? 🙂
      Thank you, Kusum. I hope you are doing well.

  • Halcyon
    1 March 2016 at 1:46 pm
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    Nice finds!

  • Nicol Carm
    1 March 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Wonderful and interesting!

    • dNambiar
      1 March 2016 at 9:33 pm
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      It sure is.
      Thank you for swinging by, Nicol. 🙂

  • Oakland Daily Photo
    2 March 2016 at 4:20 am
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    Wow. A very cool concept. Reminds me of the triumphant columns in Rome. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:29 am
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      This column with that sgraffito was such a delightful sight. Thank you for hosting this meme and giving me an opportunity to share this artwork with a larger audience. 🙂

  • umashankar
    2 March 2016 at 7:27 am
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    The sgraffito by Attilio Pustera is enticing, and so is the name of the city!

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:32 am
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      It is.
      I thought the name of the city was lovely too. It feels so good just to say 'Astoria'. And may I say — I fell in love with this quaint seaside town.
      The travelogue will be up soon. I hope to see you there, USP. 🙂

    • umashankar
      10 March 2016 at 3:29 am
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      Is that a prophecy, Divya? We never know what future holds in its bosom!

  • Raj
    2 March 2016 at 11:36 pm
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    That is a majestic column. 🙂 Rich in history too. Nice find as always. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:35 am
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      It is. Standing right below it and looking at all that artwork really was something. 🙂
      Yeah, rich in history. Let me show you a little more of Astoria next week. 😉
      Thank you so, so much, Raj. 🙂

  • Saru Singhal
    5 March 2016 at 4:26 pm
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    Interesting. I have never seen such morals or columns on East Coast.

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:38 am
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      This was a first for me too.
      Isn't it quite a sight, Saru? 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    6 March 2016 at 9:10 am
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    Quite an interesting art work!

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:38 am
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      Tell me about it. 😉

    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:39 am
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      Thank you for coming by, Nomad. 🙂

  • My Unfinished Life
    7 March 2016 at 9:34 am
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    • dNambiar
      9 March 2016 at 2:40 am
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      Isn't it, Sush?
      Gosh it's been a while since I visited My Unfinished Life. I'll swing by, soon. 🙂

  • Alok singhal
    9 March 2016 at 12:26 pm
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    Interesting name of town and the history behind it sounds grand!

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      Isn't that such a lovely name?
      Yeah, it was only after I did some reading that I learnt that Astoria was much more than just a pretty seaside town.

  • Indrani
    10 March 2016 at 2:19 am
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    Very informative, well captured pics Divya.

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      Thank you so much, Indrani. 🙂

  • magiceye
    10 March 2016 at 2:25 am
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    It is beautiful. Looking forward to more!!

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:43 pm
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      It is such a lovely place.
      More coming up, soon. 🙂

  • Maitreni Mishra
    10 March 2016 at 7:07 am
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    Beautiful pics! Very well captured Divya 🙂

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:43 pm
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      Thanks a whole ton, Maitreni.

  • Arun
    10 March 2016 at 11:25 am
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    Such an interesting artwork and that too on a 125 ft tall structure! Quite commendable!
    Also got to know about 'Sgraffito' today 🙂

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:44 pm
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      Isn't it?
      Yeah.
      The perks of travelling and reading travel blogs, I guess. 😉

      Thank you, Arun.

  • untraveledroutes
    10 March 2016 at 12:58 pm
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    Hey, this is so informative, never knew about this technique, you sure are sharing some interesting stuff.

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:46 pm
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      Hey Charu, long time!
      Than you so much. 🙂

  • Amitabha Gupta
    10 March 2016 at 3:30 pm
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    Had to idea about Sgraffito until I read your blogpost. It is interesting to know that its procedures are similar to the painting of frescoes.

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:51 pm
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      Interesting, right?
      It must have been a whole lot of work to use this technique for so tall a structure.

      I'm glad you found this post informative. Thank you, Amitabha.

  • purba chakraborty
    10 March 2016 at 6:03 pm
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    Wow! Amazing this is! Great captures 🙂

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:52 pm
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      Amazing indeed.
      Thank you, Purba. 🙂

  • ArchanaC Kapoor
    11 March 2016 at 3:49 am
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    Murals are so amazing. We found a fascinating one in Knoxville! 😊

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:52 pm
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      Aren't they? 🙂
      Have I missed your pics of them?

  • Leena Walawalkar
    11 March 2016 at 11:34 am
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    Lovely murals and equally good shots dearie!

    • dNambiar
      12 March 2016 at 8:53 pm
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      Thank you so, so much Leena. I hope you are doing well.

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