The City of Forest Grove's mural project at Forest Glen Park inched closer to approval at the scheduled City Council meeting Monday night, Oct. 12.
In the wake of further discussion, which included conversation regarding lived experiences of social justice, City Councilors chose to amend one of the two proposed renderings in an effort to better reflect the Council's goal to support diversity, equity and inclusion.
Two renderings created by Pacific University seniors Seema Khatecherian and Karsen Buck, were submitted to Council as part of a recommendation from the Public Arts Commission to create a social justice mural on the west wall of the ball court in Forest Glen Park, allowing for the mural to remain for up to five years. Both renderings were approved Sept. 28, while the second of the two (seen above) was chosen at Monday's meeting with the following requests:
•The depicted United States flag comply with the U.S. flag code
•The number of fists be reduced from seven to four
•The open hands be placed in the middle under the words "Grow Together"
•"Respect the Land We Live On," or a shortened version thereof, will replace "You are on Native Land"
The proposed revised image will be submitted for Council approval once complete.
Site preparation began last week and will continue as the image is being amended.
The new mural will replace an existing artistic rendering of the American Flag. The existing mural, which covers the basketball/handball court wall, was an Eagle Scout project from 2015 and offered the American Flag on one side, with an outline of the state of Oregon on the opposite. The 2015 mural replaced a 2006 project, a collection of student handprints, constructed by a group from the Business Management Program at Forest Grove High School.
For more information on the mural proposal, you can visit the Forest Grove City website at www.forest grove-or.gov.
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