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This Wild Mural Will Wrap around an Entire Portland Office Building
Los Angeles artist James Jean talks about his plans for the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, rising at the Burnside Bridge’s east end.
James Jean made a name for himself illustrating covers for DC Comics, painting murals for Hawaii’s Pow Wow Worldwide Festival, and designing prints for Prada clothing. Developers of the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, a wild office building rising at the Burnside Bridge’s east end, chose the LA-based Jean from a competitive pool of international and local artists to give it his provocative touch. Painters begin work on the façade this month.
What’s this project all about?
It’s an incredibly special opportunity to have a permanent mural installed in a highly visible and active location, and to have it wrap around all sides. It’s rare that a mural is intended to be such an integral part of a building’s design.
Did you spend much time here researching?
Sadly, only about four days on two separate occasions. But I did get to explore the city and the surrounding area in the limited time I had there: ingested some good food, hiked a few trails, and took many pictures. The swirling traffic and new activity in the area were immediately evident. I had a meeting with the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and they explained the history of the area and gave the project a fair bit of context. I spent maybe four or five months on the design. Even with all this preparation, it’s difficult to envision how exactly this will all feel in person.
This is going be quite the statement. What was your inspiration?
I imagined that the oblique walls were formed by slicing down the sides to reveal cross sections of thunder eggs and geodes, which are in abundance in Oregon. Ideas of transparency and discovery—of excavating slices of internal anatomy like MRI scans—are meant to echo the creativity of the tenants in the building. Their slow-forming inertia is a counterpoint to the speed of the swirling kinetic activity on the streets. Then, in contrast to the hard, crystalline lines of the thunder egg motif, a lyrical network of flowers links the elements together. That’s meant to evoke growth, adaptability, and interconnectedness. They erupt from the ground and wrap around the thunder eggs at points, symbolic of the city’s relationship with nature and mindfulness of the environment.
What reaction do you expect?
That’s not something I can really predict, but it’s definitely a building that demands attention. Maybe it will become notorious on social media and become a meme. Maybe someone will discover hidden imagery in the design and augment or satirize it. Maybe it will become a selfie mecca. Maybe kids will be inspired and make drawings based on the mural. My hope is that the mural will help the building become an iconic beacon.
Here’s What the Post Office Site in Northwest Could Look Like
The eastern edge of the Pearl is due for a major face-lift.
Image: Portland State University
Back in the day, Portland’s federal post office, conveniently situated near Union Station, was a design pioneer. The facilities boasted the best that the early 20th century had to offer in mail mobilization. But by 1962, an addition was required to house the new fleets of mail trucks that would serve the expanding metro area.
Five decades later, the main post office is an eyesore of a relic, and it’s taking up valuable space in the Pearl, the poster child for Portland’s recent urban renewal projects. The 14-acre plot of land has long been slated for redevelopment, and now the question is—what’s the plan?
The nine students in Portland State’s Master of Real Estate Development program have an idea. Earlier this June, professor Gerard Mildner and his team of students began research on a project that would connect Old Town and the North Park Blocks to the Pearl District.
“It’s a piece of the puzzle that’s been missing for a long time,” says Mildner, who is the academic director of the PSU Center for Real Estate. “It’s ridiculous to have a postal sorting unit in the middle of a high-rent district just because our mail used to come from Chicago on a train.”
The plan was conceived in coordination with the architects at ZGF, the firm responsible for designing Director Park, which received an American Architectural Award in 2012. Union Park, as the concept has been dubbed, would include not only an expansion of the North Park Blocks to promote more walking, biking, rolling, jogging, and public transit trips, but also housing units for 3,300 new residents, 30 percent of which would be affordable. The underbelly of the Broadway viaduct would transform into a unique public hub, complete with food carts and lush wetlands. Extensions of Kearney and Irving would be “woonerfs,” a delightfully Dutch word for streets that put pedestrians first but allow slow-moving car traffic.
“We’re hoping that what is actually built in the next 20 years will end up being very similar to what we’ve come up with,” says Colin Kelley, a student who focused on market research for the Union Park concept.
It sounds almost too good to be true, but Mildner says it’s no pipe dream—the Portland Development Commission will put the project out for bid to the development community next year. “This development project could very well be the biggest in Portland’s history,” says Kelley. “It would be an unprecedented move towards the city’s future.”
Pearl District businesses, generous volunteers, and a dose of sunshine made the Bunny Hop a huge success this year!
The weather was perfect for the annual Hippity Hop Bunny Hop Through the Pearl held on April 15th. Over 500 children and their parents enjoyed activities like face painting, bracelet making and hunting for eggs at the 35 participating businesses, collecting stamps at each stop along the way. Also hopping about the neighborhood was the Easter bunny who stopped in at local businesses to take photos with the kids and spread the holiday spirit!
This year the Pearl District also hosted the very first scavenger hunt through the Pearl using our new app, PEARL DISTRICT SWAG’R. The app took users to many fun destinations in the neighborhood, including some great bars and restaurants.
A special thank you goes to the event sponsors, Hoyt Realty Group, KIN Living and The Brewery Blocks. And also to all of the Pearl District businesses that donated items for the raffle prizes. Raffle winners went home with some great prizes, including gift cards to Brix Tavern, a free treatment at Pearl MedSpa, and a box full of chocolates from World Foods.