“The Ave” was once the vibrant heart of Portland’s Black community. How times have changed.
Businesses, social groups, nightclubs – all of them were on N Williams. With N Williams’ current growth and viability as a location for creative and art related businesses, our plan is to engage the African American community as contributors and beneficiaries of the recent and future economic development.
Tiles will be printed using a porcelain enamel process, then embedded into the concrete of the furnishing zone. The installation will require current concrete to be removed and replaced with tiles in the area of the artwork. A total of 10 locations are planned.
Every tile location will be highlighted by a sign. Signs will face primarily toward the sidewalk and be 12”x18” located at an average eye level.
Signs will be printed porcelain enamel on a steel substrate. Porcelain enamel is extremely graffiti resistant; it is difficult to scratch and paint or marker can be removed easily with a little Windex or acetone.
Functional Art / Kiosk
The kiosk incorporates a touchscreen to access a variety of multimedia presentations, and additional information not presented in the tiles or signs. It will be updated as additional interviews are made, and other relevant art is created. The kiosk is intended to be installed on the NE corner of N Cook and N Williams intersection.