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Colorful new mural welcomes people to Lloyd District

The tableau depicting various modes of transit, native flowers, pollinators + subtle nods to local icons greets pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Blumenauer Bridge

Artist Jeremy Nichols stands in front of his completed mural featuring bright, boldly colored modes of transit, local flowers, and pollinators.

Artist Jeremy Nichols stands in front of his completed mural.

Photo by Sara Sjol for Portland Street Art Alliance

Pedestrians and cyclists crossing the newly opened Blumenauer Bridge now have a visual feast waiting for them as they enter the Lloyd District: a boldly colored mural wrapping around a Metro parking garage.

The tableau was painted by Japan-born artist Jeremy Nichols. You’ve likely clapped your eyes on some of his other works around town — like the one featuring a bluebird on a downtown high-rise, or the scene with a peek-a-boo black bear on the edge of Slabtown. The new design at 600 NE Grand Ave. showcases Jeremy’s signature bold lines + elements that tie his nature-inspired graphics together.

Large native flowers (like trillium + Oregon grape), butterflies, bees, and a hummingbird are some of the first big pieces that stand out when you gaze at the mural — fitting subjects since the location is within a pollinator corridor. Look a little closer and you’ll notice things like a stylized bow tie, which is a tribute to the pedestrian bridge’s namesake Congressman Earl Blumenauer, along with a TriMet MAX line map, I-beam railroad tracks, and silhouettes of bikes.

A boldly colored mural wraps around a building next to a pedestrian bridge and busy city street.

Local flora + fauna include blanket flowers, Camas flowers, Doug fir, and an Oregon silverspot butterfly.

Photo by Sara Sjol for Portland Street Art Alliance

The Lloyd Community Association, Metro, and the Portland Street Art Alliance worked together on the mural project for over a year. Keith Jones, the president of the Lloyd Community Association, said this is just one of many projects in the works by local businesses, residents + groups to improve the district.

An opening celebration of the new mural will take place Thurs., Oct. 6 from 8-11 a.m. on site. Swing by to chat with neighbors, enjoy free coffee, and hear from the muralist himself.

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