GreenWorks was thrilled to see the first two pieces of public art installed last week as part of the Kenton Neighborhood streetscape revitalization project. There will be seven total benches that incorporate art into their design located along the four block commercial district of Kenton in north Portland as part of these improvements. The art benches were designed in collaboration with local artist Mauricio Saldana and feature a granite pilaster on one end with sculptural reliefs depicting neighborhood icons past and present.
The goal of this project is to revitalize this historic commercial district by making streetscape improvements to the sidewalks, street and the creation of a gateway into the district. GreenWork’s and SERA Architects were design partners on this project and developed the new schematic concept design of the street, which features widened sidewalks, new street trees, ornamental street lighting, stormwater planters, accent paving and bike lanes. This project will also implement a new paving technique called ultra thin white topping in the vehicular zones. The Portland Development Commission and the Portland Office of Transportation, along with a Citizen Advisory Committee, were the key partners leading this project.