STREET MURAL COLLABORATION
Frida Inspired Street Art
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Like so many plans laid for 2020, the global pandemic disrupted our original partnership with IdeAL PDX, which were to have coincided with a very special event for our production of Frida. But as is often the case, a beautiful phoenix rose from the ashes of that project, including five different organizations and culminating an a wonderful community effort.
When Portland Opera was at last able to finalize our partnerships with OMSI and Oregon Ballet Theater and knew we would be able to move ahead with a live, outdoor production of Frida, we knew that we wanted to involve the amazing artists of IdeAL PDX. We had kept in touch with Jessica Lagunas throughout the uncertainty—though we didn't know when we could do something together or what it would result in—until we were approached by Prosper Portland.
Prosper Portland wanted to activate Tillikum Plaza as part of their plan to recharge Portland public life and revitalize our communities, and part of that activation included a street mural. We were thrilled and IdeAL PDX really came through with a design with lightning fast speed. Meetings with the great teams at Portland Bureau of Transportation, City Repair, Prosper Portland, and IdeAL PDX led us to an ambitious but do-able timeline.
After three days of prep by IdeAL PDX and City Repair, we welcomed the community to a twelve hour, sunshine filled, day of art-making, community building and a surprise performance by the incredible Huehca Omeyoca band. It was an exhausting, unforgettable day that resulted in a new and, dare I say, iconic, example of public art for the City of Portland.
The artwork was designed by IdeAL PDX artists: Yathzi Turcot, Jessica Lagunas, Daniel Santollo "TEKPATL," Alex Valle, José Solis, and William Hernandez and the collaboration was made possible by support from the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC).