You Gotta Grow
About the Mural
My oak tree swing mural in Northwest Portland brings light and encouragement to the city. The oak tree symbolizes power, courage, life, strength, and growth. The painted mural has positive words and resources, including the Crisis Text Line and Lines of Life. I hope that people passing by to visit the park, art galleries, or Powell’s City of Books will stop to take in the mural’s impactful message, pose with their friends, and keep on growing.
Portland is a vibrant city with beautiful mountaintops, rainfall, and lively culture. This mural proposal is located in a parking lot at 823 NW Couch St where art galleries, parks, shopping, and also homeless reside. Those parking their car in the lot or passing by would catch this uplifting message.
A tote bag and sticker would also be ways to spread positivity in Portland and wherever people go.
This mural was the result of my infographic, Crimes on College Campuses. With over 38,000 crime incidents in 2017 on campuses, I wanted to turn the negativity into a positive message for people who may feel down. I want people to know that they are not alone and that it is okay to reach out for help. I incorporated my hand lettering to give a personal touch of positivity.
The following were facts that I researched when learning about Portland’s crime rates:
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, is the third most dangerous city in the state, with 2.5 violent crimes per 1,000 people. The national average is 3.47 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Oregon is ranked as the 32nd safest state in the United States in violent crime (#1 is the lowest).