A new street painting in Woodstock was completed in early September as part of an announced effort to start conversations and involve neighbors in a common project. The 38x40 foot painting on S.E. 48th Avenue near Henry Street was conceived and designed by local resident Allyson Roberts, and the painting features a koi pond, with pink waterlilies and white and orange koi on a blue background.
Roberts contacted the City of Portland prior to painting the street. "They told me that the project couldn't contain any words or political images, and couldn't depict any traffic signage. The design also had to have the permission of all neighbors whose property abutted the mural. We took photos, even aerial photos, of the project during the progress of the painting.
"It was kind of like a block party," remarks Roberts. "The kids especially liked the idea, and had fun participating in a neighborhood beautification project. Passersby enjoy the mural as well. We often see them stop to point out interesting parts of the picture. It really does start conversations."
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