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Hansen's View: Northwest modernist sculptor helped preserve gorge heritage

 Hansen works in 1987 on Autumn Rider, another in the series, commissioned by Gresham Town Fair. (contributed)


Hansen works in 1987 on Autumn Rider, another in the series, commissioned by Gresham Town Fair. (contributed)



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“WINTER RIDER Variation” a 2010 work of bronze with a gray-green patina, stands outside Maryhill Museum of Art while an exhibit of other James Lee Hansen works is featured inside through July. Part of the Equestrian series, Hansen said represents “the interdependent bond of the spirit of the rider and the ridden. They culminate as dual imperatives of civilization. It is the epitome of empire. It is the dream of the Caesars, the rage of ‘Huns.’”

While the name James Lee Hansen probably doesn’t rise to the level of household word in every Columbia Gorge home, chances are you’ve seen at least some of his work...

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