Redefining the term 'wallflower'
Work is set to begin on a public mural by artist Jeremy Nichols in downtown Tigard. The mural, titled "A Walk Through Time," will be an interwoven tapestry of Tigard's history and culture along the Fanno Creek corridor.
Working with local historian Sean Garvey and ecology specialists in the city, Nichols' design incorporates images from Tigard's past. The mural depicts a member of the Kalapuya tribe — the indigenous inhabitants of the area — alongside native flora and fauna, including red-tailed hawk, western painted turtle, great blue heron and Oregon iris and camas flowers.
Nichols said he hopes that the mural will raise awareness about the original inhabitants of the Tigard area, as well as the local ecosystem. "It is important to me to create a mural that will stay relevant and be enjoyed by generations to come," he said. "I wanted to create a design that steps away from the norms of 'traditional cultural' murals and create a design with a more contemporary approach that is equally informative and significant."
Nichols, a Portland-based artist, has designed painted more than 100 murals in cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland and Tokyo.
The mural at 12553 S.W. Main St. will be directly adjacent to the Fanno Creek multi-use trail, and will be painted on the recently renovated building. This work joins previous arts initiatives led by the city of Tigard and non-profit Tigard Downtown Alliance to revitalize downtown Tigard.
Dylan Dekay-Bemis, the Tigard's economic development coordinator, said the project will "increase access to art in Tigard, help improve walkability in downtown and draw attention to the great local businesses housed within the building where the mural will be located."
Portland-based nonprofit Portland Street Art Alliance facilitated the commissioning of the work and will assist the city in managing the project.
The mural is funded through the city's Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper; projects that are designed to be inexpensive but impactful, and improve walkability, connectivity and health in Tigard.
Watch the creation
Artist Jeremy Nichols will be in action from July 8 to 15 in Downtown Tigard.