Thursday, June 15, 2006

Keeping Portland Weird, tiny plastic horsey style

Long ago, Portland streets carried horse traffic along cobblestone streets, and the sidewalks were built with small metal rings with which to tie off one's horse. A law was passed that says that any concrete work must duplicate or replace what existed historically. So, even though people haven't really needed the rings to tie off horses for around 100 years, you can still find them installed into new sidewalks around town.

Some people have concluded that these quaint artifacts needed a greater purpose. So, a few months ago, artist Scott Wayne Indiana began to affix toy plastic ponies to the rings with cable.

Here is a group of photos on Flickr.

Man, I love this town.

5 Talked Back:

At June 16, 2006 at 10:53:00 AM CDT, Blogger Meagan said...

Hmm, I'd never known what those little rings were for!

love meagan


At June 16, 2006 at 7:08:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

surprised no one has tripped over the rings and sued the city;

more surprised that no one has tripped over the horses and sued Scott Wayne;

most surprised Stan has not superglued little cowboys and indians on the little horses.


At June 23, 2006 at 2:41:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such cynicism Jim! Yes, we encourage the inclusion of cowboys, indians, covered wagons, canoes, small water troughs, fimo carrots, hay, and whatever else horses may need or desire. Remember, keep Portland weird.

Also check out the project's website:


At June 28, 2006 at 1:00:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Ah mystery solved. I saw one of these the other day while getting a coffee and just started laughing. It was such a happy moment.


At July 2, 2006 at 7:34:00 PM CDT, Blogger K said...



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