This week marks a big change for a Portland icon that has graced the city’s waterfront for years. The beloved Made in Oregon sign is recognized as a symbol of Portland, the gateway to a great state. It has inspired artists, authors, hoteliers and politicians; the image has been incorporated into everything from fine photography, posters and woodblock prints (see below) to hotel décor and the Mayor’s website. Its subtle message that Portland is an indie city endears it to those bohemian and mainstream alike; Time and Travel+Leisure have used the Made in Oregon image to represent the city.
The sign has a long history in Stumptown. (more…)