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Red Bull Illume comes to Portland

    This August, Red Bull Illume – a first of its kind international action and adventure sports photography exhibition – will visit Portland’s Pioneer Square offering residents and visitors alike a spectacular street-side “illumination” of indescribable proportions. Red Bull Illume began as a quest to find the fifty best raw moments in action and adventure sports. Contest judges composed of photography experts from around the world hand-selected 50 winning images from over 7,200 submissions representing over 90 countries to participate in a traveling exhibition touring exciting international destinations. After the images took Aspen by storm this winter and made waves in Huntington Beach in June, the larger-than-life photography exhibition heads to Portland’s cultural vortex this August, offering new perspectives of photography-as-art on SW 6th Avenue.

    On August 2-12, a breathtaking spectacle of eight-foot glass and metal cubes will light up Portland’s main thoroughfare each evening after sunset, to reveal the very best of action sports photography. A special public opening of the extraordinary outdoor exhibition will take place at dusk on August 2, drawing spectators through a larger-than-life street gallery of illuminated photographic expressions, while during the day, the mirrored cubes will capture the compact beauty and redbrick that distinguishes Pioneer Square, affectionately known as the city’s “living room.”


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