Forest for the Trees, August 18 through 23, is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. (Seen on their Web site.)
The third mural I photographed while out and about in my Zipcar Kia Soul, named Greer. Artist: J. Shea of Portland, Oregon. Location: 1301 SE Grand Ave. This mural was the easiest one to find since it is just north of my work building and across the avenue. I saw him painting one day after work as I waited for the bus. On his Web site:
Was invited to paint another mural this year.............for the Forest for the Tree's Mural Project here in Portland.................this year I got to paint my own wall...........on the exterior of Kidd's Toy Museum..................it was fun week painting with all the other artists...........hanging with old friends...............and meeting new ones...................
A close-up for you. That watch chain gets me. And the fish hook on the end of the string attached to the toy sailboat. Perfection.
Another close-up. A coordinated on the unicycle. A campfire burns brightly as the fish swim by and the wind-up cat looks on. A teensy tiny knight upon a robust steed.
One more close-up. My favorite part of the mural, this bee, perfectly curved segmented body, wings gracefully aloft.
More from FFTT Web site: Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. The mural project promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In August 2013, FFTT united seventeen artists from around the world to paint ten Portland murals.
This August, twenty local and international artists will come together for a week in Portland to paint more than a dozen pieces on public walls. FFTT aims to bring opportunity for local and visiting artists, and to share their gifts on a large public scale in Portland—a city already known as a creative hub and home to many talented artists.