Mural Underway at SE 12th and Morrison


Work is underway on the replacement of the Buckman mural on the south side of the Plaid Pantry store at SE 12th & Morrison.  It is 640 sq. ft. in size and is being created in cooperation with the Buckman Community Association with funding from the City of Portland through the Bureau of Environmental Services, Community Benefit Opportunity Program.

Working draft of mural design

Murals provide a unique opportunity for expression by weaving individual  elements into a visual whole on a large scale.  The Buckman mural takes this approach by combining historic, architecturally interesting buildings, people and places with contemporary people, activities, settings and other relevant themes such as sustainability.

The composition of the Buckman mural is anchored on both ends by the Hawthorne and Burnside bridges. The Center of the mural will depict early Buckman in sepia tones and it will transition to full color as it moves outward in both time and space. The foreground will depict a variety of people walking, bicycling and conducting daily life activities in the present time. Features include the Eastside Esplanade, the big dig, the Willamette River, Lone Fir cemetery, the area under the Morrison bridge and some prominent buildings on the Portland skyline.

Mural in progress - September 2008

The artist, Joe Cotter, has been painting murals in Portland and the surrounding area for 20 years. Most recently, he was lead artist for the 2008 mural in Estacada, painted by members of the Artback Artists Cooperative.

Artist Joe Cotter at work

The finish date of this mural will most likely be in December.

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3 Responses to “Mural Underway at SE 12th and Morrison”

  1. The Buckman Mural, Branch Library Ornamentation, and some tree bark « southeast main Says:

    […] but I see now the artist is down to adding humans to the scene. Joe Cotter is the artist and here’s a set of nice photos to check out the artist and earlier […]

  2. andrea pepitone Says:

    hello, we are in the neighborhood!
    I am a second grade teacher at Buckman Elementary and would like to take a walking field trip to look at the mural.
    Is there a possibility that the students could meet with Joe Cotter to hear more about the mural process and planning and the art?

    Thanks so much
    Sincerely, Andrea Pepitone
    Second Grade Teacher
    Buckman Elementary

  3. Mary Turner Says:

    Hey joe, I don’t know if you remember me, but me and my son are on the mural that you painted on the Plaid Pantry on 12th and Morrison. I was wondering if you could please send me a picture of it. My name is Mary Turner and my address is 9401 NE Sunderland Ave. Portland, 97211. I also have a facebook acct. I would you to be one of my friends on facebook. Thank You so much for putting me and son in one of your murals. Mary

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