‘Interactivos’ – a innovative model for collaboration, P2P learning and community involvement


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While developing my Capstone/Thesis project (Bridgelab) at PNCA I have been researching new education models and this is one particularly interesting and innovative program.  I’d like to develop something similar in Portland through PNCA. I see possibilities to connect projects managed by the primary regional arts organizations (RACC and OAC) with students at PNCA through Bridgelab in a model that provides experiential learning for the students which yields experience, network development and community involvement.  On the other end, professional artists working on the projects would have access to creative and willing volunteers from the community as well as art and design students hungry for applied learning opportunities.

link to site and video here


The Noble Architect

Media release for the public dedication of, the Noble Architect sculpture on NE PDX:

RACC media advisory for the Noble Architect

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These shots are from the public dedication of the sculpture, the Noble Architect, in December 2012 on NE Alberta Street. Portland Oregon.  Project supported and managed by RACC.

The Noble Architect

Facilitator of rich ecosystems, benefactor of the past, builder of our future.
This sculpture honors the majestic beaver – called Ina (‘eena) by the Chinook – that once abundantly inhabited and thrived in this area.  Our beaver faces the rising sun looking for a day when humans and nature harmonize.

Ruth Greenberg (tile) & David Laubenthal  (sculpture)- Cast concrete, ceramic tile, steel, 2012

And a writeup from our friends at Alberta Mainstreet- who were awesome advocates and supporters for this project:


Yaki Take Bokkusu (2010)

Completed a design/build project in 2010 for a client in Portland, OR who lives in a loft space and needed some more storage. I designed and built both built-ins from carmelized FSC certified bamboo panels. Taking a “figurative’ cue from the burnt finishes (see shou-sugi-ban link) found on many traditional Japanese teahouses, I used sumi ink to rub into the pores of the bamboo (for the carcase) to simulate the charred appearance. There is a unique chatoyancy that occurs as a result of this finishing method. For a more modern twist, the bamboo doors and drawers received modified gray scale tones, which helped to integrate the built-ins with the existing furnishings. Each cabinet has a tall, skinny, wardrobe for off season apparel, and I incised ‘pin-stripes with resin that was tinted slightly darker than the door color.

Spanning between the two built in cabinets is a 90″ long sheet of hot rolled steel with holes punched out for cables.

SLC Winter Olympics 2002

I was commissioned to sculpt giant T-Rex heads, a large Moose head and a large Bison head for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 2001/2002. The T-Rex was sculpted from giant blocks of EPS (styrene) foam and then cast in carbon fiber, as the finished products had to be extremely lightweight to be operable on the giant bom lifts that ‘puppeteered’ them. The finished products weighed under 20 lbs even though the were 21 feet long and almost 11 feet tall! The Mosse and Bison heads were made of hand bent and welded steel rod with a semi-translucent stretch fabric pulled over them. The work came through Michael Curry Design, in Scappoose, Oregon, where I worked for many years