Portland, OR (2010) – Portland-based artist Adam Kuby imagined his home city as a human body – and he’s begun to heal that “body” with his PORTLAND ACUPUNCTURE PROJECT. An ancient healing technique in Chinese medicine, acupuncture is said to restore the harmonious flow of chi, or energy, through the body. The artist created a set of 18-foot-tall acupuncture needles (fabricated with the help of Art & Design Works in North Plains, Ore.) for Portland and then, with a group of collaborators, chose areas in the city to insert them with the aim of restoring health.
From April to October 2010, the needles were moved to 10 chosen spots, calling attention to work that needs to be done there or showcasing each area’s potential. The project coincided with a series of public workshops to help steer the Portland Plan, a guide for the city’s growth over the next 25 years.