Talos by James Lee Hansen


Talos (1961) was one of Hansen’s most important early works, and part of his “Guardian” series. It was sculpted in clay during Hansen’s tenure at UC Berkeley, and later cast in Hansen’s Washington studio. Talos takes its name from ancient Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, Talos was a large bronze man given to King Minos of Crete by Zeus to serve as a watchman over the Aegean island. Talos is an abstract bronze sculpture that draws inspiration from this classical tradition.
Hansen’s 1977 sculpture, Talos No. 2 is on display in Portland at Southwest 6th Avenue and Stark Street.

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Artist Biography

This bronze was one of the original installations on Fulton. It was created in 1961 and installed during the mall project. James Lee Hansen is a native of Tacoma, Washington and currently lives in Vancouver, Washington. He is one of the foremost sculptors of the Pacific Northwest. Hansen taught at Oregon State, UC Berkeley, and Portland State University. His work has been exhibited at Whitney Museum, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, and others. He is still active to this day.

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