Lents has been seeking a muralist to adorn the side of Working Class Acupuncture on 92nd Ave. After an open application period 3 finalists were selected: Ed Stastny, The Team of Addie Boswell & Antwoine Thomas, and Liz Harris. Their application samples are shown below.
After public surveys, consultation and deliberation, a finalist was selected: Liza Harris, Portland artist and musician will be the muralist for the site. Her proposal is below, a bold piece in stark black and white.
Her artist statement on the piece is below:
The Lents mural design is paradoxically defined both by its simplicity and intricacy. A bold shape and the pop of black and white juxtaposition draw viewers in. Once close-up, they are rewarded with a multitude of ornate details and symbolic interpretations to hold onto.
Hundreds of small branches swirl together to form a larger structure—a horizontal figure eight, or mobius strip. The composition could be seen to represent balance—two shapes coming together to form one whole; independence—a multitude of separate vectors finding their way around each other harmoniously; nature—branches organically interweaving, mirroring Portland’s interest in farming, ecology, and outdoors; community—a frenzy of lines representing the complexity of multiple histories coming together in one place, each retaining it’s separate individuality, direction and structure, but looping in and out of each others sphere, and together making the integrity of the structure hold. Each of these themes relate specifically to the neighborhood of Lents—the intersection of many different stories and life-ways; the farmer’s market and proximity to green-space; a neighborhood in the process of coming together in new ways, finding its balance within a cycle of change.
Ultimately the viewers decide which interpretation resonates with them. As a piece of public art, it is important to me that the design remains an open framework for meditative thought.