B4 Lovejoy Columns

GPS: 45.525537° -122.681046°

Right from the beginning the work of Tom Stefopoulos, that graced the columns of the Lovejoy ramp, got attention in the community and in the news.  Here are some Oregon Journal and Oregonian articles from 1948 when he first started drawing on the columns with chalk.

1948-4-25 Oregon Journal Let's Go Down and See.  Lovejoy

1948-4-25 Oregon Journal
Let’s Go Down and See. Lovejoy

1948-4-25 Oregon Journal Lovejoy's first media appearance.

1948-4-25 Oregon Journal
Stefopoulos’ paintings under the Lovejoy Viaduct have their first media appearance.

Four months later the Oregonian picked up the story.  By then he was starting to go over the chalk with paint.

1948-8-22 Oregonian Concrete Pillars of Lovejoy Ramp

1948-8-22 Oregonian Concrete Pillars of Lovejoy Ramp

In 11967 only a few years before Tom died, Oregonian journalist Carl Gohs wrote an extensive story on Tom and featured some of his more classical and highly detailed artwork.

Oregonian 3-12-1967 Northwest Magazine article by Carl Gohs

Oregonian 3-12-1967 Northwest Magazine article by Carl Gohs

Oregonian 3-12-1967

Oregonian 3-12-1967

Oregonian 3-12-1967  Tom's intricate line work.

Oregonian 3-12-1967 Tom’s intricate line work. The George Washington you see above was drawn with a single line!

1967-3-12 Northwest Magazine

1967-3-12 Northwest Magazine page 5

Moving on to the removal of the Lovejoy ramp for the redevelopment of the “Pearl District.”

Deconstruction of the Lovejoy ramp.   Columns were salvaged thanks the the work of RIGGA

Deconstruction of the Lovejoy ramp. Columns were salvaged thanks the the work of RIGGA

Vanessa Renwick’s short film “Lovejoy”

One of two salvaged thanks to RIGGA and James Harrison  also  John Carroll

One of two salvaged thanks to RIGGA lead by James Harrison also developer John Carroll who stepped in after seeing Renwick’s Window Project “Lovejoy Lost”

Second salvaged column at NW 10th and Flanders

Second salvaged column at NW 10th and Flanders

The Lost Lovejoys.  The remaining columns no longer have any art, what was there has long since vanished due to the elements and vandalism.  Sadly the owl is one that has been lost, it was formerly on the column that now has the face at the end.

The Lost Lovejoys. The remaining columns no longer have any art, what was there has long since vanished due to the elements and vandalism. Sadly the owl is one that has been lost, it was formerly on the column that now has the face at the end.

A Know Your City bike ride with former RIGGA member James Harrison who is responsible for saving the columns.

A Know Your City bike ride with former RIGGA member James Harrison who is responsible for saving the columns.

The Lovejoy’s captured on film…

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

From Drugstore Cowboy also used on the Movie Cover and film fottage fro the opening scene

From Drugstore Cowboy also used on the Movie Cover and film footage from the opening scene.

Elliott Smith’s video Lucky Three: An Elliott Smith Profile (1997)

Elliott Smith filmed a video "Lucky Three" under the Lovejoy Ramp

Elliott Smith filmed a video “Lucky Three” under the Lovejoy Ramp

Foxfire (1996)

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire.  Here you can see the owl which sadly was lost to the elements.

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire. Here you can see the owl which sadly was lost to the elements.

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire.  Here you can see the owl, Diogenes and the tree man

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire. Here you can see the owl, Diogenes and the tree man.

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire.  Great shot of Diogenes!

Lovejoy Columns in the movie Foxfire. Great shot of Diogenes!

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