McMenamins Cornelius Pass 2016 — photo 33 of 74: The colossal natural-gas-powered Big Red ceramic torch on the McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse property in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the western Portland metro area, May 2016. According to McMenamins:
Fashioned by Beaverton artist Joel Cottet (1948–2002) ... the towering lamp is glazed fire-red with bluish highlights, and is similar to the more famous, and only slightly larger lamp that for more than a century has been illuminating the New York harbor, beckoning refugees in search of liberty....Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
The sculpture was originally produced as a prototype for filmmaker George Lucas, of Star Wars fame. Lucas wanted Jedi-worthy lighting along the two-mile-long driveway leading to his Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Unfortunately for Lucas (but fortunately for McMenamins), plans for the torch-lined entry fell through. So in 2001, Big Red’s formidable light came to grace our grounds instead.
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