The next time you visit the Hillsboro Civic Center on East Main Street, new artwork will greet you on the first-floor elevator doors.
The three-panel painting on vinyl wrap titled, "The Bridge of Love," was created by Portland-based artist William Hernandez. Hernandez's artwork creates a bridge spanning his past traditions and memories to his life today as artist, family man, and Peruvian living in the Pacific Northwest, said the city of Hillsboro in a press release on Wednesday, July 1.
"This work represents the spiritual and universal connection between the people who make up our community," said Hernandez in the announcement. "My hope is that these images will instill the importance of inclusion and social support to the viewing public, as human relationships and love are vital to health and healing."
Trained as a painter at Lima's Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Hernandez worked as an artist and graphic designer for public and international institutions in Lima before settling in Portland in 2009. The press release describes his surreal subjects and graphics as an illustrative style that creates layered narratives infused with lingering emotions from whimsy to melancholy.
"As public servants, we recognize the need to make our services more accessible to all Hillsboro residents and that includes making our physical spaces more comfortable and inviting," said Hillsboro Community Arts Program Supervisor Melissa Moore in the announcement.
Moore is a part of a team the city assembles each year to create innovative solutions to challenges faced by the city. In the statement, the city added that the 2019 team partnered with the cultural arts division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation to bring colorful artwork to the Civic Center to make the space more welcoming to Hillsboro's diverse community.
The team is also working to make translation services more available and look at additional ways to remove barriers to city services.
Hernandez's artwork is open to the public during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Those visiting the civic center are required to wear masks.
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