- Product Design
- Visual Communications
Near the entrance to North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, a 31 ft tall statue of Paul Bunyan has stood as a district landmark since 1959. Now, a new neighborhood identity installation forms his long-desired backdrop, creating a gateway for this revitalizing district. Inspired by the color and pattern of tree bark, the plasma-cut weathering steel creates a woodsy backdrop for historic Kenton’s iconic lumberjack. Stainless-steel letters recall the clean-lined typography of the Union Stockyards that once operated nearby. The modern geometry and steel fabrication reference Kenton’s industrial past, while establishing an identity that is firmly in the present.