Photos: Courtesy the Cully Neighborhoood Association
A new mural is appearing at the intersection of NE 42nd Avenue and Alberta Court. But this is no ordinary mural thanks to the creativity of resident artist Loey Hargrove, the support of local property owners of the Morel Ink building (Bill Dickey and Matt Witham) and Doggy Business (Doug Duncan and Meredith Wilson), funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the handwork of local volunteers, the image of a tree appears as two interconnected wall mural along this historic commercial corridor between Concordia and Cully.
The image is based on curved forms, creating a highly abstracted landscape of geometric pattern. The two murals reach across the intersection, where the flowing tree giving a sense of movement.
“The mural aspires to invoke community through its ‘Tree of Life’ theme. It symbolizes process, change, the continuity and connectivity of life.” writes Hargrove. This is a fitting dynamic for the community and nod to decades of transformation.
In addition to the image, the mural incorporates words inspired by the theme and location. The inclusion of words, generated and painted by members of the surrounding neighborhoods, reinforce the symbiotic relationship between the commercial district & area residents.
Do you have a word you’d like to add to the mural?
If you have a word you believe reflects the theme and aspiration of this work, submit your suggestions for consideration. Words for the murals will be selected by drawing from the pool of entries. Applications are being accepted through September 30th. For details, contact Bob Granger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503 771-3916.