Art stolen from SE Portland apartment lobby


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of dollars worth of art was stolen from the lobby of an apartment building in Southeast Portland last week.

Two people were seen on surveillance footage on May 5 entering an apartment building in the 1400 block of Southeast Pardee Street, Portland police said.

Surveillance footage shows a woman in blue jeans, tan boots and a blue hoody and a man in a maroon and black athletic suit and a black mask.

The suspects allegedly used their Volkswagen Tiguan to push open the garage gate and got into the building. They took off with four pieces by artist Kayla Silber, who told KOIN 6 News she was surprised.

“If someone wanted it so bad that they were willing risk jail time to take them, I’m really flattered,” Silber said. “That was my first feeling. I was like, ‘Oh my God, they wanted my art.’ It was kind of amazing. Of course I felt bad that the building was broken into and they were stolen.”

The stolen artwork is actually prints of the originals, which Silber still has.

Four pieces of art by Kayla Silber were stolen from a SE Portland apartment building, May 10, 2021 (PPB)

The apartment building “asked for 4 large scale prints so my stuff is, the originals are large but they’re not large enough to fill up that kind of space.”

She said she creates collages out of her photography on wood panels. Then she paints and has augmented reality on them. The building commissioned her for 2 augmented reality pieces, “so when you hold your phone up to the pieces they actually come alive through your phone.”

Kayla Silber on Instagram

“I’ve always said about these pieces that there’s sort of a magical element to them and the way people respond to them they feel them, they really feel them.”

Silber said she can’t really define what’s happening with the art work but knows it affects people.

“I kind of knew in my heart that it was affecting people but just to see that it affected them so much, it’s mind- blowing actually.”

The investigation continues. A reward of up to $2500 is being offered by Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

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