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Quest is perhaps the largest sculpture ever created in the modern era, it features five nudes three women, one man and a baby together in a fountain, this piece was carved from this 200-ton block of pure white Pentelic Greek Marble seen below.
It depicts the growth of today and tomorrow and the awakening to the future. I wanted to have complete contrast between this piece of sculpture and the Georgia-Pacific Building. The sculpture is designed to lead the beholder to look towards the middle of the building and then up.” -Alexander von Svoboda on the statue Quest.
These Oregonian articles recount the unveiling of the Quest statue and reactions to it.
Years later when Georgia-Pacific left Portland for Atlanta some hoped that they would take von Svoboda’s works with them.
Another piece of art installed at the same time on the east side of the building was Perpetuity also by Count Von Svoboda which was a giant cross section of a redwood tree hollowed out, petrified and embellished with a bronzed sapling tree placed in the center.
Being one of the most hated piece of art ever installed in Portland, Perpetuity has long since been removed, since about the time that Georgia-Pacific left the building. The lights that would have lit it up from below are still there now just a circle of unused lights around nothing.