McMenamins Crystal Blocks 2016 — photo 47 of 50: In order to get a McMenamins Passport stamp for a McMenamins hotel, you have to find a certain piece of art or an object and take a selfie in front of it. The clue is generally found at the front desk. When I was visiting their historic (built 1910) Crystal Hotel — located on an entire wedge-shaped block between West Burnside and SW Stark Streets, and SW 12th and 13th Avenues in downtown Portland, Oregon — in October 2016, the clue was: It is here that you must find the beauty of life and death combined. A wreath of blossoms grace your head, a shawl of life to crown the dead.
I spent some time wandering up and down the halls of the hotel, looking for something on the walls that would match the poetic clue. Eventually I came to this piece of art by one of the McMenamins artists, painted in honor of the Grateful Dead, using the skull and roses imagery from the cover of their untitled 1971 live album.
Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article Exploring the McMenamins Crystal Blocks.