Monday Mural | Found on Astoria Column

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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  1. Wonderful, Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. lovely Mural's thank you for sharing , we could see them tooo


  3. I spent a week in your lovely hospital in Astoria a number of years ago…missed this mural

    • 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. 🙂

  4. It's really wonderful and thanks for the link in the post 🙂

  5. 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  6. That is very interesting. Good info on Astoria.

  7. Wonderful and interesting!

  8. Wow. A very cool concept. Reminds me of the triumphant columns in Rome. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

    • 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. 🙂

  9. The sgraffito by Attilio Pustera is enticing, and so is the name of the city!

  10. That is a majestic column. 🙂 Rich in history too. Nice find as always. 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

  11. Interesting. I have never seen such morals or columns on East Coast.

  12. Quite an interesting art work!

  13. Interesting name of town and the history behind it sounds grand!

  14. Very informative, well captured pics Divya.

  15. It is beautiful. Looking forward to more!!

  16. Beautiful pics! Very well captured Divya 🙂

  17. Such an interesting artwork and that too on a 125 ft tall structure! Quite commendable!
    Also got to know about 'Sgraffito' today 🙂

  18. Hey, this is so informative, never knew about this technique, you sure are sharing some interesting stuff.

  19. 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.

    • 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.

  20. Wow! Amazing this is! Great captures 🙂

  21. Murals are so amazing. We found a fascinating one in Knoxville! 😊

  22. Lovely murals and equally good shots dearie!

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