Portland Horse Project and Mr. N


If you look closely, you’ll spot metal rings on the sidewalks of Portland. They date back to the early 1900’s when people would tie up their horses and carts to the rings. Portland continues the tradition by adding rings when new sidewalks are built. Scott Wayne Indiana came up with the idea of adding toy horses to the rings as a public art project (Portland Horse Project) and it became popular with Portlanders. 

Mr. N says he is not a horse and he finds being tied to the ring  very insulting. 




22 Responses

  1. cupcakepetrillo

    October 12, 2015 10:17 am

    Sidewalk rings are genius. For horses OR dogs. Very convenient. Once when we went to watch a 4th of July parade, Mom tied me to the bicycle rack so she had both hands free to clap and wave at the parade people.

    Love and licks,

  2. Jackie Bouchard

    October 12, 2015 11:42 pm

    Maybe it's the *mini* horse part that he objects to being compared to. If there were a real horse there beside him, he might feel pretty full of himself! πŸ™‚ A very cool tradition and love the mini horse art!

  3. Beth

    June 16, 2018 11:00 am

    I think it is really interesting that they kept the old rings and also put them in with new sidewalks. I like seeing pieces of history like that!

  4. Cathy Armato

    June 16, 2018 4:51 pm

    LOL, sorry Mr. N! True you’re not a horse, but I love that the city is continuing the tradition of installing metal horse rings on new sidewalks! It’s pretty neat.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  5. Dorothy "FiveSibesMom"

    June 16, 2018 6:44 pm

    I just love this! Having been a horsewoman in my youth, I love all things equestrian! This is so awesome! I just followed their FB page, too! We have a “neigh”boring (LOL) town that is home to HITS (Horseshows in the Sun) and last year the art about town were these gorgeous horse creations by local artists. I shot photos of them, and oh, how I would love to have owned one! Especially this one horse figure was done up with newspaper clippings and placed out in front of their local newspaper. Being a journalist, I loved that one! I think I would fit right in in Portland!!! Mr. N, you look adorable!!!


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