Mural Celebration

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By Joshua Baker

Thank you so much to the community members who joined us for the Blumenauer Bridge mural opening celebration!

On Thursday October 6th, we were joined by many community members, local businesses, and the artist Jeremy Nichols (who also goes by Plastic Birdie) to celebrate Lloyd’s newest public art installation. The celebration was a perfect mingling ground for many neighbors, Lloyd area employees, mural sponsors, and passersby. Attendees enjoyed coffee, a light breakfast, and were able to paint pollinator cutouts which will be added to Peace Memorial Park, part of the Lloyd Pollinator Corridor.

At this event, the guests heard from Jeremy Nichols (artist), Tiffany Conklin (Portland Street Art Alliance Executive Director), and many of the sponsors and contributors for this mural.

Ryan Kinsella speaks at the mural opening celebration
Ryan Kinsella, Capital Asset Management Director, Metro

“We are so happy with him [Plastic Birdie] and so excited to have this as part of our building. I think a lot about the experience of our community members we hope for, which is coming into a neighborhood that is welcoming and inviting and accessible, especially by people coming in by foot or by bike. I also think about how it is really fitting that Metro is the canvas for a mural that really resonates with our values of conserving our natural areas and supporting the long-term planning needs for our region. It is so great that we get to encourage that vitality and long-term thinking for our neighborhood.” -Ryan Kinsella, Capital Asset Management Director, Metro

Community members gathered at the mural opening celebration

As you cross the Blumenauer Bridge and enter the Lloyd neighborhood, you are immediately met with bright images of native plants, local fauna, and subtle nods of appreciation to what makes the Portland community so special. If you have not yet seen the mural up close, it is worth taking the time to fully appreciate the newest installment to our neighborhood.

Thank you to Plastic Birdie for creating this art, Portland Street Art Alliance for connecting us with Jeremy, and to the many sponsors who helped make this mural possible: Lloyd ESD, Venture Portland, Travel Portland, Lloyd EcoDistrict, Go Lloyd, Travel Oregon, and Metro.

Jeremy Nichols and Tiffany Conklin speak at the mural opening celebration

Another thank you to all the attendees of this special event and to Jeremy Nichols (Plastic Birdie) , Tiffany Conklin (Portland Street Art Alliance), Ryan Kinsella (Metro), Joshua Baker (Lloyd EcoDistrict, Lloyd Community Association), Keith Jones (Lloyd Community Association), Scott Bricker (Travel Oregon), and Billie Moser (Travel Portland) for speaking at the celebration. 

To learn more about Plastic Birdie and his other murals you may recognize around town, visit here.