The Horse Project by Mette Hornung Rankin in Portland, Oregon, USA

This is one of my favorite Portland quirks: the tiny toy horses that are tied to old historic hitching posts around the city that are cemented into the curb. Chronicled on The Horse Project and on Flickr, every time I come across one of these equines in person I feel a little bit happier inside my 12-year-old horse-crazy girl memory.

Name:Mette Hornung Rankin

designer, et cetera


camping, hiking, food, reading, walking the dog, eating out, design and drawing, food adventures, getting a bargain, eating, traveling, Danmark

Tell us about the place you live:

Portland is a working-man’s city turned creative paradise for hip makers. Cheap enough to provide “quality of life” and close to the outdoors, it boasts lots of live music, good food, art, coffee, and unique characters. The town’s alternative motto is “Keep Portland Weird”.

A perfect day?

Breakfast at Sweedeedee, hike in Forest Park, lunch at Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty, sunny summer afternoon at the dog park, dinner at Mio Sushi, cheap movie at McMenamins. Who’s taking me out on a date?

What is the best thing about your spot?

There are so many of them and they are always a surprise and different every time.

What is the worst?

When the poor horse has a broken leg.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

Some people leave food for the horses.

If your city was a person or character who would it be?


Who are three of your favorite artists?

Paul Klee, Magnetic Fields, Ivan Doig


Name:Mette Hornung Rankin


Favorite place to eat:

Tasty n’ Sons for brunch

Favorite place to drink:

Blueplate for milkshakes

Favorite shop:


Local Tip:

The Chinese Gardens is amazing.

Must Do:

Ride a bike around to the different areas in town: Alberta, Hawethorne, NW 23rd, Pearl. If it’s not raining.