Transcendence – Portland, Oregon - Atlas Obscura


A sculpture of a salmon swimming through a brick building. 


The whimsical statue depicting a salmon swimming through the corner of a building parallels the lighthearted, eccentric reputation of Portland itself. 

Made by Oregonian sculptor Keith Jellum, the hand-forged bronze fish measures 11 feet in length. It was placed in a very fitting location on a seafood restaurant on Salmon Street.

The absurdity of an oversized metal salmon crashing through the brickwork of a popular restaurant is not lost on those who notice it, though its location on the 3rd floor of the building means that it is often overlooked by passers-by. 

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The sculpture is located above Southpark Seafood at the northwestern corner of the appropriately-named Southwest Salmon Street and Southwest Park Avenue in Downtown Portland.