Artists Help Restart Tradition of Whimsical Stencils on Portland Bike Lanes
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Three new stencils have been installed on the streets, a homage to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, a ‘Super Heroine’ and a biker with animal ears and a hamster in his wheel.
The recently installed super heroine stencil was designed with the help of local Portland artists Addie Boswell and Damon Eckhoff, according to Diane Dulkins, spokeswoman for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Portland once had a plethora of little bike characters spread out across its expansive bike lane network.
Many of the older stencils have been covered up or paved over. A PBOT staffer recently noted that crews had not done any in a while, according to Dulkins
“We called down to the maintenance crew and said ‘how about that?’’ Dulken said.
The stencils are made from scrap material and are designed by maintenance crew in their spare time. Dulken said the stencils weren’t the work of any one particular person. But recently crews got together to plan for the resurgence of the happy road markers and enlisted the help of Boswell and Eckhoff.
“You’ve heard of Do It Yourself, this is Do It Together,” Dulken said. “They are really fun and creative additions to the Portland’s streetscape.”
The comeback has gotten some attention from local media as local news agencies widely noted the Mariota stencil after it was installed.
“This is what happens when you take pride in the city,” Dulken said. “This creative spirit is what happens.”
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