Scoot thru "Forest for the Trees"

Forest for the Trees

In it's second year, this project showcases 20 contemporary artists painting outdoor murals around town.  Portland has a history of impressive murals and I've enjoyed finding them in unexpected places around town.   Check out this project:

We had a map, full tanks on our scooters . . . 

Mine is the smaller one on the left!

Now, all we needed was some breakfast.

Conveniently located near my house on Alberta St. and between our first couple of murals, Petite Provence offers a really delectable selection of pastries, breakfasts, and, most importantly, great coffees.

Then, it was off to find our murals.

Oops, this one is from last year - but isn't it great!

My favorite for 2014 - "You are confined only by the walls you build"

I had to go behind a gate to get this bunny

This one is near my new favorite Thai restaurant - Thai Seasons on NE Sandy.

This one is outside City
Liquidators - I furnished my first apartment from this Portland landmark store!

Had the opportunity to chat with Walt at City Liquidators while I was photographing their mural.  What fun!  Murals decrease 'tagging' and increase community conversation.

This mural has a bas relief detail!

Finally, time for lunch

Usually, Pambiche has a line around the block - but today we lucked out.  The best Cuban food in town!

Not my photo - I was so excited to try the food I forgot to take a photo. 


  1. That is AMAZING! I didn't have any idea Portland had all those murals. I think the scooter would be the best way to get around to see them so now I may have to add that to my bucket list. Thank you for sharing these!

    1. They really are popping up everywhere! And a scooter or bicycle is the way to go - parking can be a challenge and sometimes when you get to the address, the mural will be on the back side of the building or down an alley.
      The best ones really integrate into the color and features of their specific place.


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