Sellwood's 'Shakespeare Truck' gets a touch-up
Sellwood resident Tim Calvert, whose painted Mazda pickup was featured as "The Shakespeare Truck" in a previous issue of THE BEE, has updated his vehicular artistry.
"References to Shakespeare still decorate the right side of the truck, but the left rear panel seems to get chipped up the most," he comments. "Consequently, I've repainted the whole left side."
Calvert is the owner of a home-based business called "The Bike Bucket", making bicycle "saddle bags" out of covered, food-grade plastic buckets. "I also repair and sell bicycles out of my shop here," he says. "My painting now is more focused on the natural world, so there are lots of mushrooms, snakes, and other wildlife, on the left side mural. It's my way of being creative and communicating my love of nature to the public."
Calvert is fascinated with the new Sellwood Bridge, and the swifts that fly around it and call it home. He's creating a mural on the subject in his backyard garden.
"On my truck mural, however, I've painted a hawk pouncing upon a mouse as part of a celebration of the 'circle of life'," he says. "That image leads into a forest scene with a girl on a swing. The tree roots descend underground, with skeletons indicating a pattern of life and death."
The left front quarter of the "Shakespeare Truck" shows a scene from one of Calvert's favorite philosophical movies, "A Waking Life". "In the film, two male friends undergo a sort of 'holy moment' where they transform into clouds," he recalls. "The cloud image leads into the wildlife scene with the hunting hawk."
In addition, since Calvert has always been fascinated by snakes, many species of them appear in the background of his nature scenes.
"People stop to complement the paint job wherever I go," smiles the artist. "I feel it's a way to honor our environment, while encouraging others to be more creative. This truck is a 1997 model with over 200,000 miles on it, and maintenance is getting tricky. However, as long as it brings a bit of adventure and thoughtful conversation, I'll try to keep it going."
And, if you are interested in learning more about Calvert's home business, it's online – www.thebikebucket.com