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I was driving down an unfamiliar street in Portland recently, on my way from one obligation to the next, when I found myself surrounded by two rather powerful pieces of public art. I had to stop the car so I could take a closer look.

The East Bayside Community Mosaic Mural is huge, colorful, and absolutely gorgeous. The more I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it. Positive messages and universal symbols swirl around together, creating a dynamic and unifying piece that people of all backgrounds and walks of life can identify with and relate to. The East Bayside Community Mosaic Mural was the brainchild of USM Artist-In-Residence Muhsana Ali, who had a vision to “unite the human family” by allowing residents and community members to “come together and create,” and therefore feel more connected to one another and their neighborhood. Take a look at these photos!

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Just across the street is a building with a fence unlike any I have ever seen: it features text excerpts by Portland area students, courtesy of The Telling Room.

gate 1         gate 2

gate 3         gate 4

gate 5         gate 6

gate 7          gate 8

gate 9

What a wonderful surprise it was to stumble on these beautiful creations! Do you have any favorite public art pieces? If so, where are they located, and what makes them so special to you? Please let me know in the comments…I might like to pay them a visit!