When asked the question “Do you want to be creeped out by the hotel you’re about to sleep in?” about 99.6% of people answer: “Of course not, are you crazy?”.Well, despite these staggering (made-up) statistics, Hotel Lucia seems to go out of its way to make its lobby as off-putting as possible.
At first glance, most people might brush off the art at this hotel as “typical Portland weirdness”. However, a closer look at the various pieces on display reveals that there actually a theme going on there. And it is kind of terrifying. It is almost as if the hotel is trying to send a coded message through symbolic art that something terrible is happening around there.
This is not my first article about creepy hotels. The 2013 article What’s Up With Room 322 at Hotel ZaZa? described the many strange features of a “secret” room at a stylish hotel in Texas. Other than the suspected two-way mirror, the room contains disturbing paintings of deformed faces coupled with the picture of a prominent Texas businessman.
The lobby of Hotel Lucia follows the same strange pattern: Disturbing art and pictures of powerful people. Let’s take a closer look at the hotel.
Described as “downtown Portland’s most historic hotels”, Hotel Lucia is home to the world’s largest permanent collection of black and white photographs. It is also home to some creepy art. The combination of these two elements creates a bizarre space, where one wonders if there’s an overarching theme going on here.
Visitors entering the lobby are greeted with a collection of curious works of art that are asking to be investigated. And this leads to a weird rabbit hole.
First, you are greeted with this painting.
The painting is reminiscent of the strange paintings of children on display at Tony Podesta’s home.
As guests enter deeper into the lobby, they also enter deeper into weirdness.
Everything about this sculpture screams out MKULTRA. The boy is covered in a dualistic striped pattern – a staple in Monarch mind control symbolism. The stripes are also reminiscent to jail bars.
On the other side of the scultupre is a collection of smaller sculptures with the same theme of bondage and weirdness.
Speaking of Monarch programming, another painting appears to be a direct reference to it.
As one grows increasingly disturbed by this art collection, one encounters this monstrosity:
Typical of the occult symbolism of the real infrastructure of power in this world. Satanic gargoyles are everywhere as well and practically invisible to most people. Nothing to see unless your eyes are open.