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Sculpture unveiled at newest North Park Block

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A new sculpture will serve as a gateway to the newest North Park Block.

"Memory 99" was unveiled Friday at the entrance to the future home of the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 NW Broadway.

The sculpture was designed by Lee Kelly, a college of art alumnus from 1959.

The North Park Blocks were first dedicated in 1869 and will now extend to Northwest Hoyt Street. It's the first new block added since the originals were formed.

The Ford Family Foundation gave a special one-time gift to acquire Kelly's Memory 99.

Memory 99 is one of Kelly's best known architectural sculptures, a complex, direct-weld work created out of Cor-Ten steel that is 23 feet wide, 11 feet high, and more than 6 feet in depth.

The Portland Art Museum installed the massive Memory 99 at the entrance to its Lee Kelly retrospective exhibition in 2010.

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