Did you know there is a huge public art project going on this week all around Portland? Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project that promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In August 2013, the organization united 17 artists from around the world to paint 10 Portland murals.
For this year's event, over 20 local and international artists have come together in our city to paint more than a dozen pieces on public walls through the 23rd. Forest for the Trees aims to bring opportunity for local and visiting artists to share their gifts on a large public scale. Portland is the perfect backdrop, already known as a creative hub and home to many talented artists.
Participating artists include locals like Blaine Fontana, Gage Hamilton, and Maryanna Hoggatt but be sure to check out the full list of artists who have come in from as far away as Brazil and Japan to take part. You can also download a map of all the locations and go check out the artists as they work on their murals. Or you can follow along on social media channels to see each wall come to life.