New Mural Installation on Block 15!

by Bettie de Witt via Klutch himself

Over the course of the next 3 months Portland artist Klutch and his team will be creating a temporary 130 ft mural at Block 15. He initially planned to do a Kickstarter fundraiser to pay for his supplies but instead took advantage of the nice weather to begin work on Feb. 20. With 3 clear days and donated funds Klutch and his crew have already transformed a bare plywood wall into an very colorful vision of things to come.

Photo: Doug Shapiro
Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch says that his vision for this wall is to create a mural that will continuously evolve over its temporary lifespan. Aesthetically the mural’s content will be a mixture of abstract backgrounds and brightly-colored organically-influenced surreal characters. Feathers, plants, clouds, and bubbles are all frequent elements that appear in his work.

Photo: Klutch
Photo: Klutch

This is one dedicated team so expect to see them working anytime it’s not raining. These guys are truly in love with painting murals and the hundreds of hours of their time they are donating to this project is clear evidence of this. In addition, they are also self-funding all of their paint and supplies. Any day now Klutch will be launching a Kickstarter fundraiser to recoup his costs and I will share that link as soon as it becomes live. They are all friendly and articulate guys so feel free to approach them and inquire about the mural.

Klutch and team
Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch has been creating visual mischief for three decades and his work had appeared on walls, galleries, and magazines around the world. In 2005 the suite that he painted for San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual Best Of issue.

We appreciate all that Klutch and his crew are doing to add to the exciting visual aesthetic of the North Pearl. Can’t wait to see the final result!


5 thoughts on “New Mural Installation on Block 15!

  1. Thank you for posting this! Although it’s wonderful to have a great big mural in that spot, too bad it’s in that spot. Block 15 will begin development in just a few months and that mural will go away. Had the mural been put on any number of walls in the Pearl that badly need attention, we’d have a beautiful mural for years to come. Tim Smith

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi Timothy. I think the nature of Klutch’s work is ephemeral and, as such, this is the perfect spot. It’s true, the fence and mural will have to be removed sometime, but until then let’s just enjoy it! Thanks for taking the time to write!

  2. —–> “Had the mural been put on any number of walls in the Pearl that badly need attention, we’d have a beautiful mural for years to come.”

    Easier said than done!!!!
    Web search the amazing JOE COTTER + Portland Mural Advocacy….To praise his efforts over many years so that we can do murals AT ALL IN PDX!!!

    ——- From article: Court allows city to prefer art to advertising
    “The court ruled in Clear Channel’s favor, and the city removed the exemption that November, effectively ending mural art in Portland. ” <—–

    100+ focused hours of creating hand-made visual art
    DOES NOT =
    vinyl printed banner screwed to the surface of a wall or billboard

    …… yet again, how precisely we are shown the disregard of the cultural aspect that is so important to keeping cities vibrant and livable.
    Huge praise for this muralist making a statement to carry on the work that dedicated others are doing to maintain to our cultural identity as Portland, Oregon creatives, designers, muralists and artists.

    1. Hi Shawn. That thunderstorm was pretty ferocious. Then, suddenly, it was all blue sky! So very Portland. It was coming down eventually, though; it just happened a little sooner than expected. Thanks for writing!!

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