By Maquette Reeverts | Alberta Art Works
All rise in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was the second woman to hold an appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Graduating first in her class she was inducted to the court in 1993 and has been a champion for gender equality and women’s rights.
That earned her a multitude of awards and achievements and placed her firmly in the Women’s Hall of Fame.
A group of neighbors got together and, with the help of an artist, created a street mural to honor the late judge. With some pre-planning, the “All Rise” design was drawn in chalk and labeled to allow for everyone to jump in and paint.
Together the work was completed in one long day. As the light waned, cars were positioned for their headlights to illuminate the intersection of Bryce Street and 27th Avenue to complete the mural.
The justice is depicted wearing an earring with an image of the scales of justice, her favorite collar that came from Cape Town, South Africa, and boxing gloves ready to spar.
“You know, the standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show, and the tie,” she once said. “So Sandra Day O’Connor and I thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman.”
Street murals use special zone marking paint that will adhere to the asphalt and will stand up to weather and constant traffic. They beautify and energize, allowing residents to have ownership of their shared space.
Why not plan one for your neighborhood? The city provides the information you need to work to create your artistic masterpiece for your street. Visit PortlandOregon.gov/transportation/67083.
Michel Reeverts, aka Maquette , holds a master of arts degree in art education, serves Alberta Art Works as director and Alberta Street Gallery as a board member. She is also a practicing artist. Contact her at Maquette@AlbertaArtWorks.org
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