Twisted History - All sides of the Astoria Column (mapped)
The Astoria Column, Astoria, Oregon is a 125 tall concrete column designed to resemble Trajan's Column in Rome. It is decorated with a spiral mural in the sgraffito style. If laid out 'flat', the mural would be approximately 7 ft tall and 525 ft long. It depicts 22 different scenes in the history of northwest Oregon, and Astoria and the Columbia River in particular spanning the years 1792 through 1893, but concentrating on the period 1792-1818.
The only way to appreciate the amazing wealth of detail in the mural is through photographs, since one clearly cannot get close to any but the lowest level of the mural in person, and even that level is above head height because of the rectangular base on which the column stands (not shown here). This is my attempt to show the entire column in a single montage. Each frame is a photomerge of from 4 to 6 single frames, and shows different sides of the column in a regular progression, with some overlap in content between frame 1 (left) and frame 6.
This montage, though reduced in size from the original vertical panoramas, in order to limit the upload size for smugmug, still has ample resolution to show all of the details in each view. I was pleased at the relatively good focus throughout each photomerge, especially considering the shots were all hand held. Clearly I didn't control the relative perspectives (distance from the column, and resulting focal length of the lens) from one view to the next. At the time, I suppose I wasn't even thinking about putting them all together like this.
Larger versions of each individual photomerge are also uploaded, along with a panel which gives the text for each image, which runs in a strip at the bottom of the mural.