I spy joy in murals
Driving north on Williams in Northeast Portland for the first time in possibly a year, I was amazed to see this bold, albeit unfinished, mural on a residential building. An automatic “wow” escaped my lips. And then another, louder “wow” followed when I saw the other side was completely covered in art, as well. I quickly looked for a place to pull over.
That’s when I met Kyle.
Kyle kindly came down from his ladder, interrupting his artwork, to greet me. I learned that the people who own the building commissioned this informal group of six artists to cover the exterior walls in beauty. Each allowed the freedom of his or her own style, you can see where one artist’s work ends and another’s begins.
Kyle has covered his section of the wall a couple times. Just learning he’s been accepted to study art history in Italy (“wow” number 3), Kyle is adorning the building with a victory dragon.
They’re hoping to put the finishing touches on with the next dry spell (a bit hard to paint in the rain). Finished or not, it makes me smile to see life and color and art on a house.
There’s talk of formalizing the group into a non-profit with the mission of beautifying our streets with art.
Definitely something to be joyful about.